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NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES

Hurricanes and other tropical cyclones have numerous threats associated with them...including storm surge...high winds...flooding rainfall... tornadoes...rip currents...high surf and beach erosion.

Today we will discuss high winds and tornadoes. Strong winds... tropical cyclones can have strong winds that last for a long period of time...especially large hurricanes.

Hurricane force winds...74 miles per hour or greater...can destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes.

Debris...such as signs...roofing material and small items left outside become flying missiles in hurricanes.

Winds can often stay above hurricane strength well away from the coast. For example...in 1989 hurricane Hugo remained a hurricane well after it struck the south Carolina coast...even battering the charlotte north Carolina area with hurricane force gusts causing damage to many structures and downing numerous trees and power lines.

Tornadoes... tropical cyclones can cause tornadoes in rain bands well away from the center as well as near the center in and around the eye wall.

In 2004...the remnants of hurricane Frances...which had made landfall in southeast Florida...produced 20 confirmed tornadoes across southeast south Carolina and southeast Georgia.

For additional information on hurricanes visit the following web sites... national hurricane center...www.hurricanes.gov

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