are one of the most destructive forces on earth.
The wind from a hurricane can flatten huge areas. After hurricane Andrew in South Florida in 1992, we saw miles of construction type chain-link fence (no pipe along the top) absolutely flattened. How can wind flatten chain-link ?
Coastal areas become inundated with a wall of water (storm surge) up to 15 feet high or more.
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“One of the discussions that happens in our newsroom every time there’s a hurricane is, “How can we do this in a new way?” Well I think we have all come to the conclusion that there is no “new way.” Hurricanes are amazing things. If you live in the danger zone, they seem to come alive. You follow their path, trying to convince yourself that it will veer away at the last minute. You don’t wish harm on anyone else, but in the end, it’s better them than you. Being in the middle of one is pretty scary. When Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in August of 1992, I spent the night in the bathroom, which is one of the strongest parts of a house, listening to the debris pounding against the outside of the house. I had used steel bolts to attach plywood to the house itself. The winds from Andrew hit 165 mph, and were strong enough to sheer off the tops of some of those bolts.”
Leroy Sievers – NIGHTLINE staff, ABC News