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Hurricanes and Extreme Wind

About Hurricanes and Extreme Wind in South Carolina

Hurricanes and extreme wind are an inevitable hazard to coastal areas. Being properly prepared for such events is an important responsibility for coastal cities.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium researches how to respond effectively to extreme weather, educates residents, and provides decision-makers with science-based information and processes to help create strong and resilient communities.

Preventing Wind and Hurricane Damage to Structures

Window and Door Protection

Catastrophic building failure can result from the loss of a simple window or door during a storm. Learn how to protect openings in your home from wind damage. Also available as a printed brochure for distribution.


Many houses contain a weak link in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or trusses. This makes the roof vulnerable to wind damage, but re-roofing can help. Also available as a printed brochure for distribution.

Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane

A relatively small investment of time and money now may prevent severe damage and disruption to your business and your investment.

Wind Resistant Building: How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Homes in South Carolina are vulnerable to roof damage from extreme wind and hurricanes, but having a good roof can be the difference between a little damage and a lot. Before installing a new roof or having repairs made, carefully evaluate the contractor to assure the job is done properly.