Storm Statistics

Storm Shutters for your Home and Business

Storms are on the rise according to statistics from NOAA and the Weather Channel.
Guardian provides a full line of Storm Shutters and ships National and International.
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Download Excel Spreadsheet on Tornadoes, Tropical Storms, and Hurricanes
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Tornado Statistics

Tornado Storm
Tornadoes have much higher wind speeds then Hurricanes, but at a much smaller scale and can occur at any time of the year. Tornado season typically begins in March, peaks in May and trails off in June and July. Based on the Fujita Scale, F0 to F5, only 1% of all Tornadoes are higher than F4 or 165 mph. The table below is based on frequency and damage cost.

Protecting home and business window and door openings from tornado debris can minimize damage.

According to the Weather Channel these are the Top 5 Tornado States

  • Texas averages 125 tornadoes each year.
  • Oklahoma averages 57 tornadoes each year. Over a 140 tornadoes in Oklahoma City alone.
  • Kansas averages 55 tornadoes each year.
  • Florida averages 55 tornadoes each year. Focused in Tampa Florida and Clearwater between 2 and 7 each year.

According to NOAA the numbers are different, but regardless Tornado damage can be minimized with Window and Door Storm Protection.

Wikipedia is another great resource for Tornado Storm Damage Statistics.

Tornadoes by State

Tornadoes Total Number from 1950 to 1994
SOURCE: Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

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Rank State Number Amount
1 Texas: 5,490 $1,955,927,552.00
2 Oklahoma: 2,300 $1,065,659,392.00
3 Kansas: 2,110 $1,212,980,480.00
4 Florida: 2,009 $498,256,384.00
5 Nebraska: 1,673 $632,463,872.00
6 Iowa: 1,374 $709,211,904.00
7 Missouri: 1,166 $739,382,784.00
8 South Dakota: 1,139 $169,198,736.00
9 Illinois: 1,137 $823,819,264.00
10 Colorado: 1,113 $67,881,104.00
11 Louisiana: 1,086 $593,237,248.00
12 Mississippi: 1,039 $541,601,536.00
13 Georgia: 888 $1,117,426,176.00
14 Indiana: 886 $1,648,654,336.00
14 Alabama: 886 $609,664,768.00
16 Arkansas: 854 $516,939,264.00
17 Wisconsin: 844 $410,756,864.00
18 Minnesota: 832 $1,015,354,624.00
19 North Dakota: 799 $97,327,760.00
20 Michigan: 712 $345,038,592.00

List of Florida Tornado Occurrence by County

Tornadoes on the Rise

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Tornadoes are on the increase, click the NOAA Tornado Chart below.
Increase In tornadoes

Hurricane and Tropical Storms

Read this FEMA Hurricane survival story.

As a shutter installer you need to know all the facts for the customers you serve. Plywood window coverings are not easily installed, especially by the elderly, will take an average of 1 to 3 hours per opening to install and lumber yards could run out of stock before the hurricane. This is why Guardian Storm Security offers many different Hurricane Shutter brands. Hurricane Shutters vary not only in Rolling Shutters and Accordion Shutters, but also in Type, Price, Quality, and Design Guardian can manufacture what best fits you and your customers.

Tropical Storm and Hurricane Averages

How often can you expect a Hurricane or Tropical Storm?
Check outHurricane City.com, this table is 157 years of data.
This table includes cities within 60 to 70 miles of a storm and subject to damages.

Country, City, State Averages # Storms
Grand Cayman every 2.21 years 62
Andros Island,Bahamas every 2.40 years 57
Grand Bahama Island,Bahamas every 2.49 years 55
Cape Hatteras,North Carolina every 2.49 years 55
Abaco Island every 2.54 years 54
Delray bch,Florida every 2.54 years 54
Cancun Mexico every 2.54 years 54
Hollywood,Florida every 2.58 years 53
Deerfield bch,Florida every 2.58 years 53
Boca Raton,Florida every 2.58 years 53
Bermuda every 2.58 years 53
Florida city,Florida every 2.63 years 52
Bimini,Bahamas every 2.63 years 52
Grand Isle,Louisiana every 2.63 years 52
Isle of Youth,Cuba every 2.63 years 52
Merida, Mexico every 2.63 years 52
Ft Pierce,Florida every 2.69 years 51
Miami,Florida every 2.69 years 51
Fort Lauderdale,Florida every 2.69 years 51
Grenada every 2.69 years 51
Major Hurricanes

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Go to NOAA to see a history of each Hurricane

Huricane Landfall

Hurricane Landfall Map,  from 1950 to 2007
SOURCE: NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center
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List of Major Florida Hurricanes
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Florida_hurricanes

Florida Major Hurricanes Category Landfall Year (in knots) Landfall Location
Great Middle Florida Hurricane 3 23-Aug 1851 100 Panama City, Florida
Unnamed Storm 3 17-Aug 1871 100 Jupiter Island, Florida
Unnamed 3 7-Oct 1873 100 Captiva Island, Florida
Unnamed 3 3-Oct 1877 100 Panama City, Florida
Unnamed 3 10-Sep 1882 100 Navarre, Florida
Unnamed 3 16-Aug 1888 110 Miami Beach, Florida
Unnamed 3 9-Oct 1894 105 Panama City, Florida
Unnamed 3 10-Sep 1896 110 Cedar Key, Florida
Unnamed 3 18-Oct 1906 105 Marathon, Florida
Unnamed 3 11-Oct 1909 100 Marathon, Florida
Unnamed 3 29-Sep 1917 100 Okaloosa County, Florida
Unnamed 4 10-Sep 1919 130 Offshore Florida Keys, Florida
Hurricane Great Miami 4 18-Sep 1926 125 Perrine, Florida
Hurricane Okeechobee 4 17-Sep 1928 125 Palm Beach, Florida
Unnamed Hurricane 3 4-Sep 1933 110 Jupiter, Florida
Hurricane Labor Day 5 3-Sep 1935 160 Craig Key, Florida
Unnamed Storm 3 6-Oct 1941 105 Goulds, Florida
Unnamed 4 15-Sep 1945 120 Upper Florida Keys, Florida
Unnamed 4 17-Sep 1947 135 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Unnamed 3 21-Sep 1948 105 Lower Florida Keys, Florida
Unnamed 3 5-Oct 1948 110 Marathon, Florida
Unnamed 4 26-Aug 1949 130 Palm Beach Shores, Florida
Hurricane Easy 3 5-Sep 1950 105 Cedar Key, Florida
Hurricane King 3 18-Oct 1950 105 Miami, Florida
Hurricane Donna 4 10-Sep 1960 120 Naples, Florida
Hurricane Betsy 3 8-Sep 1965 110 Upper Florida Keys, Florida
Hurricane Eloise 3 23-Sep 1975 110 Bay County, Florida
Hurricane Elena 3 2-Sep 1985 100 Gulfport, Mississippi
Hurricane Andrew 5 24-Aug 1992 145 Homestead, Florida
Hurricane Opal 3 4-Oct 1995 100 Pensacola Beach, Florida
Hurricane Charley 4 13-Aug 2004 130 Punta Gorda, Florida
Hurricane Frances 2 5-Sep 2004 105 Sewall’s Point, Florida
Hurricane Ivan 3 16-Sep 2004 105 Gulf Shores, Alabama
Hurricane Jeanne 3 26-Sep 2004 105 Hutchinson Island, Florida
Hurricane Dennis 3 10-Jul 2005 105 Santa Rosa Island, Florida
Hurricane Wilma 3 24-Oct 2005 105 Cape Romano, Florida
Storm and Hurricane Insurance

Read more about Storm and Hurricane Shutter Discounts to inform your customers.

This is a good article on what Florida residents can expect with the new Citizens Insurances Inspections.

CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION. FLORIDA BUILDING CODE SHUTTER WALL & ROOFING MITIGATION VERIFICATION.

Manufacturer Approvals
Storm Security Shutter Approvals
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