High winds radiate out from the center and gale force winds arrive ahead of the hurricane force winds.
Hurricane Camille, August 14-22 1969, made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast around midnight August 17th-18th. (190 mph = 306 km/h, 30 ft = 9 m).
Hurricane Katrina, August 23 – 31, 2005
Excerpts from “Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines”
Mark Z. Jacobson1*, Cristina L. Archer2 and Willett Kempton3, Nature Climate Change, Vol. 4, March 2014, funded by the NSF and NASA:
“Hurricanes are causing increasing damage to many coastal regions worldwide1,2. Offshore wind turbines can provide substantial clean electricity year-round,… ”
“This study quantitatively tests whether large arrays of wind turbines installed offshore in front of major cities and along key coastal areas can extract sufficient kinetic energy from hurricane winds to reduce wind speed and storm surge, thus preventing damage to coastal structures…