At 55 miles per hour, the wind is strong enough to tear down power lines, tree branches and material from homes and businesses. The debris is blocking access along key roads into the city. Homes have flooded. Power and utilities are out. People are taking shelter in schools. Looters have hit several homes, and emergency workers— police, fire and EMS—even if they could get inside the city, are not allowed to be out in such high winds.
This was the scenario presented at the Cedar Key Community Center May 24 as part of a hurricane tabletop exercise.