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Special issue: weathering the storm.

The business impact big storms have on remodelers and home-improvement companies.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the focus was on the human and property toll. News images told the story: a boardwalk roller coaster mangled and surrounded by the sea; a flooded, night-time conflagration that was once a neighborhood of more than 100 homes; and many others.

Here at Professional Remodeler, soon after the storm, we began seeing images from camera phones and hearing first-person stories from you, our readers. Long Island remodeler Laurence Carolan told the story of a couple in their 60s who had been watching TV

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Shelter your profits from the storm.

Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and countless other destructive weather events cost billions of dollars in damage in North America every year. Specifically, storm damage accounted for more than $110 billion in 2012 alone. These storms leave devastating foot-prints that take communities years to recover.

In the aftermath of a damaging storm, you might be one of the first responders providing homeowners’ services such as tarping roofs and boarding windows and doors in order to prevent further damage to a home. Why? Maybe this is part of your business plan, then again, maybe it’s not. Perhaps, it’s because you have a connection

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Our angry, stormy Sun

We know our Sun as a brilliantly bright sphere that rises in the east and sets in the west each day. That’s a simple way to describe it; what really goes on on its surface is far from the impression that it gives as it hangs, almost calmly, in the daytime sky.

While going anywhere near the Sun would be suicide with the searing heat and penetrating radiation combining to fry you alive in your spacesuit, technology has revealed this star to be an angry, bubbling cauldron of solar activity.

First up are solar flares – bursts of radiation from

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Minding the storm chaser.

The difference between opportunists and legitimate contractors starts with visibility.

The phone calls start shortly after Donn Lipscomb repairs the last few houses he agreed to fix following a severe storm. Spurned customers contact Lipscomb, owner of Moore’s Roofing and Insulation in Oklahoma City, when the out-of- town contractors they paid to address their insurance claims stop returning their calls and take off without warning.

Homeowners hire these companies, known as «storm chasers,» because they consistently submit the lowest bids and promise to start each job right away. Although some of these people stick around long enough to complete a

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In the eye of hurricane Sandy.

How Alure Home Improvements managed its business during Hurricane Sandy while also helping employees and Long Island residents with recovery.

As Hurricane Sandy made landfall the evening of October 29, 2012, the storm surge rapidly overtook the south shore of Long Island. Reports described water rising 3-to-8-feet high, which completely flooded most of the coastal communities.

Jimmy Quinn, construction consultant at Alure Home Improvements and a resident of Amityville, N.Y., was a victim of the flooding. Located less than a mile from the shoreline, Quinn experienced a storm surge of more than 3 feet in his home.

«The water rose

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Hurricanes bigger than Earth

Easily one of the most famous storms in the Solar System, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is so large that it is visible through many Earth-based telescopes.

The Great Red Spot is thought to have been in existence for at least 340 years. The oval red eye rotates in an anticlockwise direction due to the crushing high pressure on the planet. Winds can reach over 400 kilometres per hour (250 miles per hour) around the spot, however, inside the storm they seem to be nearly nonexistent. And that’s not all, this complicated weather system has an average temperature of about -162

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DEADLY SOLAR FLARES

What would become of the Earth if a large solar storm was directed our way, and would we be able to survive such an event? We take a look at how the Sun’s activity has threatened life on Earth before, and how it might again.

The Earth is under constant threat from a whole host of things in space, from asteroids to comets. However, the one thing that is essential to life on our planet, the Sun, may also be the most dangerous threat of all to life as we know it. «[A large solar flare] would certainly have a

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he first training flight in the «Soldiers of the Sky» is not much shorter. The protagonist — the one major that led to the «storm» training mission, — are engaged in drill green cadets simultaneously teaching players the basics of management accountable «Kraft». Climb into the sky, turn on autopilot, heading for the imaginary enemy targets, which later (reveal a terrible secret!) Will be just a cover for the natural enemy fighters …

Orders subordinates dealt with some lazy pleasure (to be the big boss is always nice), but when it comes to zavarushku in which youths fall, the game instantly shows the teeth. You desperately mosques airspace, trying to catch the place of clashes and save at least one cadet, while quietly crept down the canyon enemies methodically shoot defenseless, lacking weapons "craft" Giving your pas and give head to cut off, giggling quietly to himself.

To cope with the adversary is actually much easier than it sounds. The main thing — do not be distracted by secondary objectives … and not

Continue reading he first training flight in the «Soldiers of the Sky» is not much shorter. The protagonist — the one major that led to the «storm» training mission, — are engaged in drill green cadets simultaneously teaching players the basics of management accountable «Kraft». Climb into the sky, turn on autopilot, heading for the imaginary enemy targets, which later (reveal a terrible secret!) Will be just a cover for the natural enemy fighters …

Flight tests «Eurofighter» with rockets STORM SHADOW

Partner in the Eurofighter consortium Alenia Aermacchi company confirmed that conducted the first test in the framework of an extensive series of flight tests on the integration of missile development MBDA Storm Shadow on the fighter Eurofighter Typhoon. This is stated in a press release dated November 28, the consortium.   Initial flight tests designed to check the suspension harmless missiles. Tests began on November 27 in the heart of flight tests of Alenia Aermacchi Dechimomannu airbase in Sardinia, Italy, with the assistance of partner companies BAE Systems and Cassidian consortium Eurofighter.   Rich programm flight tests began with tests

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Most tropical storms does not match the peak of the season

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September 3, 2013. Come September — the second month of maximum activity of tropical cyclogenesis in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Atlantic, he continued sluggish trend in August. It is only one region of the cluster of thunderstorm clouds near the Lesser Antilles island with a 40% chance to become the next tropical storm.

In the Pacific, the season is represented by three tropical storms. In the north-east of the acts storm "Kiko", which slowly fades away to the west of the peninsula of Baja. Whirlwind is poorly developed and are expected to the National Center for

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