When it’s time to choose a data center partner, Wind Ratings may not be the first phrase that comes to mind. Yet it’s critically important to consider a structure’s ability to withstand high winds from tornadoes, hurricanes or microbursts.
According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the following categories are applied to storms with sustained winds of the following speeds:
|1||74-95 mph||Dangerous winds; property damage; power outages lasting days to weeks|
|2||96-110 mph||Extremely dangerous winds; extensive property damage; near-total power outages lasting days to weeks|
|3 (major)||111-129 mph||Devastating damage; utility outages lasting weeks to months|
|4 (major)||130-156 mph||Catastrophic damage; largely uninhabitable for weeks to months|
The most resilient structures follow the Miami-Dade wind rating, named for the hurricane-resistant standards outlined in the Florida Building Code. For structures in Risk Category III, construction must be engineered to withstand winds up to 185 mph.