If current forecasts hold true, this hurricane will be devastating for coastal communities in its path. Sustained winds of 130 MPH or greater (with higher gusts) would damage or destroy homes and businesses, significantly damage power grids, and possibly leave some areas unrecognizable. Wind damage will extend far inland, exposing a widespread area to the risk of power outages. A devastating storm surge—seawater pushed inland by strong, persistent winds—would completely inundate parts of the coast in many feet of water. The surge would extend far up the coast from the center of the storm.