Ever wondered where hurricane candle holders got their name from? When you think of the classic hurricane glass, you think about its well-known tall, cylinder shape. The glass itself is often a type of shade which sits on a candle holder. The hurricane glass shade used to act as a way to prevent drafts of wind from blowing out the candle’s flame. While they used to be used purely for their ability to prevent a candle from being blown out, they are now used for decoration throughout the home.