Where you live determines the risk that you, your home, and
your family face from tornadoes or hurricanes. Review the map below, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),
that shows four distinct wind zones in the U.S., based on 40 years of collected data. As with any weather event or forcast,
history does not always predict the future, and wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes aren't limited to predicted areas
on a map.
What do predicted
wind speeds mean and how will they impact your safety?
Where do you take your family when the meteorologists advise you to take cover immediately?
EF1 - Winds of 86 to 110 mph cause severe
roof damage to homes and businesses; mobile homes can be overturned and badly damaged; windows and exterior doors are blown
EF2 - Winds of 111 - 135
mph can tear the roofs off well constructed buildings, shift homes from their foundations, and uproot larget trees.
Debris clouds are very dangerous, frequently containing flying signs and sheet metal.
EF3 - Winds of 136 - 165 mph cause trees to be debarked, major damage
to large buildings such as malls, hospital, and schools; heavy cars and SUVs can be lifted and thrown; upper stories of homes
EF4 - Winds of 166
- 200 mph cause devestating damage, completely destroying well-constructed homes. Vehicles are picked up and
thrown, creating missiles through the air.
EF5 - Winds
over 200 mph level homes and large buildings, ripping them from their foundations; high-rise
buildings experience major damage. The damage is incredible.