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New lab to simulate 200 mph hurricanes in quest to make storm-resistant homes

How do you test construction techniques to see if they can stand up to extreme winds? You use something called a wind tunnel that can subject test buildings to winds of 200 mph or more. How do the wind tunnels work? This article from National Geographic describes a new wind tunnel at Florida International called the “Wall of Wind” that will help engineers simulate extreme weather conditions. This will allow builders to construct safer houses in the future that can survive extreme hurricanes or other windstorms.

Hurricane winds drive a 10-foot 2×4 through a palm tree in Puerto Rico, 1928. Source: NOAA via Commons Wikimedia.