All it takes are wind gusts of 40mph to knock over trees here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
Now imagine what a hurricane could do. A Category 1 storm has minimum sustained winds of 74mph.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed and estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 or higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous and require preventative measures.
“Hurricane-force winds can easily destroy buildings and mobile homes,” says Dennis Jones, Deputy Director of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency. “In addition to destructive winds, hurricanes have the potential to generate tornadoes. Tornadoes often occur in rain bands far away from the center of the hurricane and near the eyewall.”
When a hurricane is looming, store all objects on your lawn or patio that could be carried by the wind. Lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, and a number of other harmless items can become deadly missiles in hurricane winds.
For more information about hurricane wind dangers visit our website at ChathamEmergency.org.