Tropical Cyclone Potential Wind Impact
for East Central Florida

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Impact Levels
Wind – Potential Impact Descriptions
Extreme
Potential for Extreme Impact: Aggressive preparations should be made forthe threat of catastrophic wind damage. If realized, expect structural damage to buildings, with some having complete wall and roof failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Numerous large signs and trees blown down. Numerous roads impassable due to large debris. Many bridges and other access routes to/from barrier islands also impassable. Widespread power outages. Descriptions are consistent with damage caused by major hurricane force winds of Category 3, 4, or 5 intensity (e.g., sustained winds 111 mph or greater) in hardest hit places.
High
Potential for High Impact: Aggressive preparations should be made for the threat of major wind damage. If realized, expect significant damage to roofing material, siding, doors, fences, and windows of buildings, but with some occurrences of structural damage. Considerable damage to mobile homes. Many large signs and trees blown down with further damage to standing trees. Many roads impassable due to large debris. Several bridges and other access routes to/from barrier islands also impassable. Widespread power outages. Descriptions are consistent with damage caused by strong hurricane force winds of Category 2 intensity (e.g., sustained winds 96 to 110 mph) in hardest hit places.
Moderate
Potential for Moderate Impact: Preparations should be made for the threat of moderate wind damage. If realized, expect significant damage to mobile homes, especially if unanchored. Some damage to roofing material, siding, doors, fences, and windows of buildings. Several large signs and trees blown down, especially shallow-rooted and diseased trees. Some roads impassable due to large debris. Scattered power outages, but widespread in areas with above ground lines. Descriptions are consistent with damage caused by hurricane force winds of Category 1 intensity (e.g., sustained winds 74 to 95 mph) in hardest hit places.    
Low
Potential for Low but Concerning Impact: Preparations should be made for the threat of minor to locally moderate wind damage. If realized, expect damage to unanchored mobile homes, porches, carports, and awnings along with some damage to shingles and siding. Large branches broken off trees, but several shallow-rooted and diseased trees blown down. Unsecured light-weight objects easily blown about and become dangerous projectiles. Dangerous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways, especially for high profile vehicles. A few roads impassable due to large debris. Scattered power outages, especially in areas with above ground lines. Descriptions are consistent with damage caused by tropical storm force winds (e.g., sustained winds 39 to 73 mph) in hardest hit places.     
None
Potential for Little to No Impact: Preparations are not needed as appreciable damage is unlikely. However, breezy to windy conditions may still occur. 


 


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