Hurricane Awareness – Be Ready for Wind DamagePosted: June 25, 2012
Tropical Storms have winds from 39-73 mph. The are not as strong as a hurricane, but these winds could develop into tornado’s. Hurricane winds range from 75 mph and up. The stronger the winds the higher the category number for a Hurricane.
Category One – 74-95 mph
Damage to mobile homes and manufactured home that are not anchored, shrubbery, trees, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 4-5 ft
Category Two – 96-110 mph
Damage to possible destruction mobile homes, manufactured homes, roofs, windows, trees, shrubbery, small craft in unprotected anchorages. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 6-8 ft
Category Three – 111-130 mph
Mobile homes are destroyed. Damage to small residences and utility buildings. Structural damage to homes possible. Flooding well inland very possible. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 9-12 ft
Category Four – 131-155 mph
Extensive damage to loss of curtainwall (an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, used to keep out the weather.) Roof damage to destruction, damage to homes in general, flying debris, flooding, beach erosion. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 13-18 ft
Category Five – 155 mph+
Catastrophic Damage to what ever is in its path. If you do not have to be in a category Five Hurricane, Evacuate! Roof destruction, loss of any utility buildings. Major flooding to lower floors and all buildings and homes on or near a shoreline. Total destruction to mobile and manufactured homes. Extensive damage to homes and buildings. Flooding. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 18 ft +
If you live in a high rise building at the highest floor, you are likely to see more wind damage then on the lower floors, being the wind is stronger at higher levels. Lower levels may experience flooding, depending on the storm surge and category of the hurricane. If you are renting, be sure you have renters insurance, your landlords insurance may cover the building but not your personal belongings.
Hurricane winds are preceded by Tropical Storm winds and should not be taken lightly. Hurricane force most intense winds are on the right side of the eye wall. The eye wall (the inner circular formation of the hurricane) carry the highest winds and rain surrounding it. If you have the eye of a Hurricane coming over your area, you will experience a lull in the storm. Be careful, this could be for just a few minutes to more depending on the size of the eye, how many miles across, and you do not want to be outside when the eye passes completely. The winds will pick up again for the other half of the storm.
Check your home owners insurance before a hurricane is near your area to be sure your up to date. Once a hurricane watch or warning has been announced you are highly unlikely able to purchase Hurricane Coverage. Flood insurance is not a part of your homeowners insurance coverage and you will have to purchase it separately and will take 30 days to go into effect. Even if you are not in a flood zone, when there is a hurricane in your area, you will run the risk of possible flooding. Purchasing Flood Insurance would be a good idea before the Hurricane season starts.
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