Acebird said:If the bees came from FL I would think they know how to survive the weather. I wouldn't move them unless there was a danger to flooding. Weight down the covers. 5gal pails of water work good.
Acebird said:Try it. Put a 5 gal pail on a one deep empty box with a cover and see if it will blow off. Because the pail is round, wind will go around it in any direction. The wind is not as strong close to the ground as it is at roof top height. You need to prevent the wind from getting under the hive also. If it is elevated on a stand block the wind from getting under the hive. You could also fill the pail with sand instead of water.
What does a commercial guy do in FL with 1000 hives? He can't bring them all inside.
https://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-259640.htmlAcebird said:They're predicting Irene will be a Cat-3 hurricane when it hits the East coast. Category 3 hurricanes have wind speeds ranging from 111 to 130 mph.
If I could drive 80-mph down the highway against a 30-mph head wind with a 5-gal pail of paint in the back of my truck I am sure it would not move. If the roof is going to blow off and the house blows down the hive it better off outside against a concrete wall with a cylindrical weight on top of the cover. You can further barricade the hive from the wind with yard stuff like a wooden picnic table, large tree branches, piles of skids, sheets of plywood, bricks, rocks, stone to deflect the wind upward. Think of a jet blast deflector wall at the end of a runway. What is the speed of a jet blast, 300-mph or better?
Trees blow over because they are tall and their sail area is at the top. Roofs come off especially in FL because the pitch is low making it like a wing shaped airfoil that literally sucks them off the building.