WKBN reporter tests out OH WOW’s hurricane simulator

OH WOW's hurricane chamber simulates what it's like being caught in winds of up to 95 miles per hour

OH WOW's hurricane chamber simulates what it's like being caught in winds of up to 95 miles per hour.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Hurricane Matthew is roaring up the east coast of Florida, with winds of over 100 miles per hour.

Although the Mahoning Valley won’t be feeling the storm’s effect here locally, Valley residents can see what it is like to be caught in a hurricane, and they can do so at OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Center for Science and Technology in Youngstown.

WKBN Reporter Christina Mullen tried out the center’s “hurricane chamber,” which gives people who enter the feeling of being stuck in winds of up to 95 mph.

The winds in the chamber are pretty strong, but WKBN Meteorologist Alex George said they are just a fraction of what Hurricane Matthew is generating.

“OH WOW’s hurricane chamber simulates a Category One hurricane, with maximum winds up to 95 mph. As of Friday morning, Hurricane Matthew is a Category Three hurricane, with maximum sustained winds up to 129 mph, so a pretty big difference,” she said.

Winds of 89 mph makes standing difficult and may hurt your face.

The experience is far less dramatic than Hurricane Matthew, but it can give you an idea of how dangerous those high winds can be.

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