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Storm WindsTypically, the more intense the storm (in terms of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale category), the more wind damage a community will sustain, particularly if it does not have an effective mitigation program and has not prepared in advance for the storm.

High winds can easily destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside become flying missiles in hurricanes. High-rise buildings are also vulnerable to hurricane-force winds, and it is not uncommon for windows from the upper stories to crash to the ground, making areas around these buildings very dangerous.

Even tropical storm-force winds are strong enough to be dangerous to those caught in them.