Strong winds, torrential rain, and power outages can threaten cellular usage. When cellular communication is down, people are left without the only source of communication they may have. Police and first responders are left without a way to communicate with each other. That’s why cell phone companies prepare for the worst.
Cell phone towers are built to withstand heavy winds and rains. Sprints’ towers are reported to withstand 110 mph winds. Many towers also either have a battery backup or a diesel generator backup that can power a tower when power outages occur, thus allowing towers to continue to have a signal. Companies also build sandbags to protect towers from potential flooding.