June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. From now until November 30, tropical cyclones from the Atlantic are more likely than the rest of the year.
In order to illustrate how powerful a hurricane can be, The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore entered a wind tunnel at Virginia Tech and had them crank it all the way up until it reached speeds of a Category 5 hurricane. Category 5 is the strongest type of hurricane, categorized by winds exceeding 157 mph.
This isn't Cantore's first rodeo in VA Tech's wind tunnel. In 2013, he subjected himself to a staggering 158.6 mph winds, but apparently that wasn't strong enough.
His newest attempt absolutely crushed his old record, as he was subjected to winds of 186.9 mph, just shy of the wind tunnel's max speed of 190 mph. As a comparison, a human skydiver will reach terminal velocity (the fastest they can go while falling) at 118 mph. Good thing he was strapped in!
Check out Cantore's record-breaking trip to the wind tunnel here:
Anyone else wondering how his skin didn't get ripped from his body?
Clearly, hurricane-force winds are not to be dealt with lightly. It was hard enough on Cantore's body to just deal with the wind, but real hurricanes also have water and debris traveling just as fast.
Here's how you can prepare for hurricane season:
Plan ahead - Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do when there is a storm, how to contact one another, what to do with pets, and make a backup plan in case you are traveling. Locate storm shelters in your town and figure out a few different routes to get there.
Gather supplies - In addition to first aid supplies, non-perishable food, and bottled water, other good supplies to have on hand are a basic tool kit, batteries (including one to charge cell phones), baby wipes, and a whistle to signal others. All of these items can be stored in plastic totes for safe keeping.
Stay informed - Check weather forecasts and be extra cautious. Listen for updates on the radio and never delay taking action. If an area is being evacuated, it's not worth it to try and stay. Do not return until it has been deemed safe to do so.
Visit the National Hurricane Center for more information on how to stay safe during these storms.