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General Hurricane Information: Officially, the Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 to November 30, but as the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) notes: "There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity."

When Is the Hurricane Season Most Active? Again according to the AOML, there's a "very peaked season from August to October", with:

  • 78% of the tropical storm days
  • 87% of the "minor" hurricane days
  • 96% of the "major" hurricane days

Within this peak hurricane season, early to mid-September is the pinnacle. Of course, Mother Nature isn't reading any calendars, and every once in a while a tropical storm hits out of season -- usually in May or December-- or late in the season. Take Hurricane Wilma, for instance, when it battered South Florida on October 24, 2005. This was a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall and packed a huge punch to all of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

For those that are a bit more nostalgic about our hurricanes here in Florida, you may have heard this old Mariner's Poem about Caribbean hurricanes:

June is too soon.
July….stand by!
August, look out you must.
October, it’s all over.

Hurricane Hardware: These are the materials most frequently used and bought by customers at Broward Bolt during hurricane season or if a hurricane becomes an impending threat to the South Florida area.

  • Machine Screw Anchors
  • TapCons (Concrete Screws)
  • Washer-faced Wing Nuts
  • Neo-bond washers
  • Keyhole washers
  • Stainless Steel Truss Head Machine Screws
  • Stainless Steel Anchors
  • Stainless Steel Sidewalk Bolts
  • Track Bolts
  • Stainless Steel Clinch Studs
  • Wing Nut Drivers
  • Plastic End Caps
  • Eye Bolts
  • Concrete Drill Bits

The materials listed above and the following materials explained below are all used to fasten hurricane track systems onto the walls of homes and businesses to protect the windows and other openings of the structure from hurricane force winds and flying debris. They are also used to secure or tie-down things that would otherwise be destroyed or become flying debris during a hurricane. It is a known fact that having hurricane shutters saves lives and protects your home or business structure in many ways. If openings on a structure are breached, especially a large opening or garage door, the force of the winds will take the roof off the structure in a matter of minutes. Tying down or securing outdoor or even indoor machinery, structures, generators, or equipment also lowers hurricane hazards by preventing these items from becoming flying missiles during high winds of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Hurricane Track Bolting Material: Machine Screw Anchors, TapCons (concrete screws), truss head machine screws, non-ferrous cast-iron washer-faced wing nuts, Neo-bond washers, and keyhole washers. Stainless sidewalk bolts are flat bolts that remain screwed into the concrete front areas of large commercial buildings and they will hold the shutter rails in place when a business needs to install their shutter systems in place for a hurricane or tropical storm.

Track Bolts: This is a square head bolt that goes into the channel of the track system and holds this track in place. The track itself will then hold the shutters as they are loaded into the track and secured. This specific bolt is used in hurricane track systems because it doesn’t spin during installation and makes tightening down the shutter track very easy.

Stainless Steel Clinch Studs: This is another very popular stainless steel bolt that is punched into the shutter tracks and they are knurled to prevent the bolts from spinning for easy installation.

Wing Nut Drivers: This is a hand-held tool or a part that goes onto a drill to spin the wing nuts into place on all of your shutters. Having a wing nut driver is simpler and easier than tightening everything down by hand.

Plastic End Caps: These are rounded, plastic caps that attach to the track bolts, clinch bolts, etc. that will cover the sharp end of the bolts to prevent physical injury to anyone who may lean on or brush against the installed bolts.

EyeBolts: Eye bolts can screw into an anchor that is placed in the ground to help tie down canopies and tarps to protect and cover things. You can also use metal wire or chain and attach it to the eye bolts to tie down generators, A/C units, or any other type of machinery that needs to be secured.

Full Line of Anchors: We carry a full line of machine screw anchors, wedge anchors, drop-ins, or sleeve anchors that also help ties down or fasten heavy structures to concrete, wood, or any other appropriate anchoring surface.

Concrete Drill Bits: We have all the drill bit sizes you need to pre-drill the holes that are necessary for proper installation of anchors or TapCons for all hurricane track and shutter systems or anchors that will be used to tie down or secure certain structures or equipment.