Answer: Yes, but only under certain conditions.
Although it is generally advised to lower your flag and put it in safe-keeping, properly stored, until the weather passes, an exception applies. If the flag is built for inclement occasions and is water-proofed or manufactured from double-woven fabric, then it is completely permissible to fly the flag during any and all weather. However, even the toughest of flags can succumb to harsh weather conditions. When the flag starts to show any signs of age or weathering, flag etiquette requires it to be taken down and replaced immediately.
We posted the video below on our Instagram to show the strength and resolve of the American Flag during Hurricane Florence. The Flag simply refused to quit and we saw it as fitting symbolism of the American character and spirit. The flag stood at the Frying Pan Tower, an old US Coast Guard lighthouse 32 miles south of Bald Head Island, North Carolina. People online watched the flag being torn as Florence hit the North Carolina coast. (You can actually still watch a timelapse of the location here).
Unfortunately, the Flag was shredded by the storm, and as we note above, flag etiquette requires it to be taken down and replaced immediately. In this specific circumstance, however, something amazing happened. The flag received so much notoriety online that the owner of the lighthouse decided to auction off the Flag to help those impacted by the storm. Richard Neal, who bought the lighthouse in 2010 and is the primary owner, said he came up with the idea of an auction after the attention the weather-beaten flag received online. Neal said that as the storm was nearing, he received calls — including calls from upset veterans — about why the flag was not taken down. Frying Pan Tower later announced on its Facebook page the flag was going to be retired and replaced.
This is just one example of how a Flag – if manufactured properly – can still stand during inclement weather although we advise that you take it down, store it properly, and wait for the inclement weather to pass. If you’re looking for a properly manufactured Flag consider purchasing one from our sponsor, Fine Line Flag. They just launched an American Flag line on Amazon, and the best part about it is that every Flag is made right here in the USA. Show your support by purchasing a Flag to help one of our subscribers kickstart their company and increase their ranking on Amazon. Hit the image below to get started.