The winds of a hurricane--by definition 74 miles an hour or more--can be very dangerous. For some of Hawaii's lightly built homes and other structures, wind forces alone might be destructive, especially where augmented by local terrain effects. Structures on exposed ridges or situated to the lee of mountain passes that funnel the wind may be especially vulnerable to damage. One of the greatest threats from a hurricane's winds is their cargo of flying missiles, such as lawn furniture, signs, roofing materials, and metal siding.
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