The ACA Hurricane 130 was designed by Jim Biersach of Alerting Communicators of America and presented at a Civil Defense convention in November, 1968. They introduced other sirens, however, this utilized new fiber casting techniques, never before used by any other company. The Hurricane started off with a square horn (very similar to the Federal Signal Thunderbolt), but ended with two throats where the horn attaches to the chopper enclosure. These were produced until 1973 when a larger, rounded horn was made that was a true exponential horn. Additionally, the Hurricane siren was a supercharged mechanical siren, utilizing a blower and high output chopper similar to the Federal Signal Thunderbolt. The siren was popular with towns looking for a high output 130dB siren. The corporation continued production until 1980, when it was replaced with the P-50 50 HP, 135 dB siren (also known as the T-135). All Hurricanes are very rare, as most of them have been replaced by newer sirens.
2, 1 is out of service as the switch is set to the (OFF) position. The Hurricane located at 5401 I-30 Frontage Rd has a detached blower. The power switch remains in the (ON) position with no evidence of cut wires. UPDATE: Checked up on Siren 3 weeks from Oct. 10, still remains in the same position. Likely inactive.
2, 1 operational. The one at the West Bradley fire station is confirmed to still be working, with no sources of replacement. It will only be removed if it ceases operation. The other one is stored at the ASC Headquarters.
4, Removed. One was a 1968 version of the Hurricane which has a cylinder-shaped rotator assembly, replaced by Federal Signal 2001 series sirens in 1989 due to partial system failure during a tornado warning.