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Hurricane Wind Risk

A jurisdiction has high hurricane wind risk if it is within the hurricane prone region as defined in the 2015 and later IBC:

  • The U.S. Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coasts where the ultimate design wind speed, Vult, for Risk Category II buildings is greater than 115 mph (51.4m/s);
  • Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

A jurisdiction also has high hurricane risk if it is located within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), due to its typhoon history and its proximity to Guam.

Last updated May 5, 2021