Hurricane force winds - sustained winds of 74 mph or more - can destroy buildings and mobile homes. Sustained winds are defined as wind speeds that last at least 1 minute in duration. During hurricanes, this refers to the surface winds occurring at the center of hurricane circulation no more than a height of 33 feet.
Winds often stay above hurricane strength well inland and make debris flying missiles. If you do not have to evacuate, it is extremely important to secure your home, windows, and all doors (including garage doors) before the storm.
Remember, mobile homes and manufactured homes are extremely vulnerable to high winds and should be evacuated regardless of their location in Pasco County when a evacuation order is issued. Please visit the National Hurricane Center for more information.