Tropical Storm Arthur – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

As the Fourth of July weekend nears, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm, Arthur, was slowly strengthening off Florida’s coast early Wednesday.

As of 5:00 am EST time Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Arthur was located about 90 miles east of Cape Canaveral. Forecasters predict Arthur will is likely to stay just offshore, passing northeastern Florida Wednesday night and moving parallel to the southeastern U.S. coast, becoming a hurricane by Thursday. Currently, maximum sustained winds were recorded at 60 mph. and it has been noted that the storm has picked up speed and is currently moving north at 6 mph.

In 2011, Florida building codes were dramatically increased to include:

  • New ultimate wind speed maps (there used to be one, now there are three)
  • New allowable stress design and load combinations, which use the higher wind speeds previously mentioned
  • Changes to wind-borne debris territories and
  • A new exposure level—Exposure D.

For us in the door industry, this means higher testing standards for our outside-facing doors as wind speeds for inland and coastal regions that used to range from 90 to 150 mph now range from 105 to 200 mph.

Hurricane Season

Fib-R-Max, Fib-R-Dor and Fib-R-Lite can meet this hurricane-force change in the industry. All three doors have received the Florida Building Code (FBC) approval for installation in high velocity wind zones. All three doors meet and exceed the standards set forth for large missile impact (ASTM-E1886/1996 missile level D), both positive and negative cycle pressure and wind load. Fib-R-Max has also received Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approval for installation in high wind coastal areas.

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