Storms with severe winds, including tornadoes and hurricanes, often wreak havoc and destruction on houses. Ongoing research, however, has taught specialists how these storms find the weak points in houses, so you can make your house as safe as possible from windstorms. In this “How It Works” article, managing editor Debra Judge Silber outlines the weak points where heavy wind can affect a house and the ways those weak points can be strengthened. Among the weak points: windows, gables, corners, wall-to-foundation connections, roof-to-wall connections, and garage doors. Ultimately, the ideal way to resist wind loads is for a house to have a continuous load path in which all structural parts are tied together. For personal safety in a severe windstorm, however, the best bet is a reinforced safe room or an underground shelter.

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Credit: by Debra Judge Silber

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