03 May Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Category 5
If you’re wondering whether or not you should install impact windows on a Delray Beach home or hurricane doors on your Boca Raton garage, consider the families that called Mexico Beach and other communities in the Florida Panhandle home, many of whom are still struggling to rebuild.
They probably weren’t surprised when the Hurricane Center announced last month that it was upgrading Hurricane Michael, which unleashed its fury on the Panhandle in October 2018, to a Category 5 storm, packing sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.
The last Category 5 storm to hit the United States was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In fact, it was the devastating losses from Hurricane Andrew that led Miami-Dade County to develop tougher building codes. If you’re buying hurricane impact windows and doors that are guaranteed to meet those Miami-Dade standards, you’ll know that you’re getting the highest quality. And, here at Master Builders Impact Windows and Doors of Boca Raton, we are proud to say that all of the impact windows and doors we sell meet those high standards.
Hurricane Michael had been classified as a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, meaning it had sustained winds of 132 to 156 miles per hour.
As NPR reported, “Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. It caused 16 deaths and $25 billion in damage in the U.S. Before arriving in Florida, the storm passed over western Cuba as a Category 2 hurricane.”
The storm was the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Panhandle. “In Mexico Beach, more than three-quarters of the homes were flattened by winds. Six months later, some businesses have reopened, but the area is far from recovered,” NPR said. “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s analysis found that storm surge brought water 9 to 14 feet above normal level along parts of the Panhandle.”
The worst of the storm surge was recorded in Mexico Beach, but the storm also caused flooding as far away as North Carolina and Virginia.
Many of the folks at Master Builders Impact Windows and Doors in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton – including many of our expert installers – can remember when Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Homestead. We have been serving the South Florida community for more than 40 years. Most of the hurricane impact windows and doors we sell are installed in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, but that doesn’t matter. We only install impact windows and doors that meet Miami-Dade County’s strict standards. Contact us for a free quote anytime.