So with a Hurricane up your way, is the area of extreme wind
very small?? OR is it that the storm is made to look small in area, due to the vastness of your country??
It's just that I don't think I have ever experianced wind of 200Kph or more. One storm we did have here back in 1975 was extreme and tore roofs of houses, but....200kph and higher just sounds increadable.
Down here in NZ, our country is small and mountanouse. Plus being so far South, the Cyclones/Hurricanes often have broken up by the time they get this far South. The odd one has made land fall, but most have downgraded to extreme Low's. But with that, as they break apart, the area of coverage often increases. We may not get 150MPH winds, but it still can be windy and very heavey with rain. The main thing is that it can cover such a vast area. Often close to all of the country.
Having said we don't get the extreme winds, we still get winds though. We tend to have a higher average of wind speed down here. 30-40Knts is comon around our coasts throughout the year. We often here stories of ones that have sailed the world, finding the worst weather
they have ever experianced upon their arrival in NZ. Another interesting story, when the first oil
rig came down here to NZ waters, they had to extend it's hight above sea level by another 10M.(30ft) This rig came from the North sea feilds.