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2017 Weather Disasters Keep Coming

Mother Nature Having One Hissy Fit After Another This Year We have just passed mid-October, and 2017 weather disasters continue to unfold.  Blizzards, droughts, floods, freezes, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires— there seems to be no end to the calamitous climate-driven catastrophes this year across the U.S. Billions of Losses from Weather Disasters National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks weather-related events annually, both in the U.S. and globally.  By compiling the data year after year, the NCEI documents climate trends… Read More

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The Devastating Dilemma of Disaster Debris

After the Storm: Disposing of the Mountains of Rubble The amount of disaster debris heaped up by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural calamities boggles the imagination. As south Texans muck-out the mess left by Hurricane Harvey, they can sympathize with the Floridians facing Hurricane Irma clean up. Following a catastrophic event, victims of the storm are at first shell-shocked. Little by little, reality sets in and they begin the overwhelming job of sifting through the ruins of their homes… Read More

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Understanding Barometric Pressure in Hurricanes

How Air Pressure Affects the Strength of a Hurricane Did you ever notice how closely meteorologists and hurricane forecasters watch the barometric pressure in hurricanes and tropical storms? There is a very good reason for their concern: the lower the barometric pressure, the more intense the storm. While we armchair weather watchers tend to focus on the category designation of a cyclone or the highest wind speed, weather specialists know the pressure indicates whether a hurricane is weakening or strengthening.… Read More

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How Steel Buildings Resist Wind Damage

Building to Combat Furious Storm Winds Pre-engineered steel buildings are designed and engineered to stand up to damaging winds and other natural disasters. (As I post this blog, Hurricane Harvey is creeping toward the Texas coast, gaining strength over the warm waters of the Gulf.  As of this posting, Hurricane Harvey's winds have reached 110 MPH.) Which Way the Wind Blows Although we typically think of wind damage as resulting from hurricanes battering coastal areas, savage winds can strike anywhere.… Read More

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Wind Zones and Metal Buildings

How Wind Ratings Affect Building Codes Wind factors into the design of all construction, including metal buildings. As we enter the peak of the hurricane season running from mid-August to mid-September, let’s examine the meaning of wind zones and their effect on construction. Wind Zones and Construction Regardless of the building system, wind-proof structures do not exist. No structure is likely to survive a direct hit by an EF5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 m.p.h. However, pre-engineered steel buildings… Read More

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Metal Building Construction Loads 101

Part 2: Understanding Environmental Loads Part one of this series on construction loads covered the basics of dead loads and live loads. Now let’s look at the additional loads old Mother Nature inflicts on structures. Planning for nature’s violent vicissitudes is tricky. No one knows exactly the strength hurricane-force winds will blow. Who can guess how much snow can accumulate during back-to-back snowstorms? And multiple variables determine the damage inflicted by seismic events. Building code officials calculate required loads based… Read More

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Metal Buildings in New Jersey

Building to Beat Nature’s Savage Fury with Steel When a monster storm like Hurricane Sandy slams into the coast, the farsighted rejoice that they chose to construct metal buildings in New Jersey. They know that steel buildings withstand Mother Nature’s tantrums better than other structures. When Sandy Pounded New Jersey When “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy crashed into the U.S. on October 29, 2012, it left darkness and devastation in its wake across seventeen states, including New Jersey. An astonishing 820-miles-wide, Sandy… Read More

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Steel Buildings in Massachusetts

Savage Weather in the Bay State Demands Stronger Structures New England’s punishing hurricanes, blizzards, and snowstorms mandate storm-resistant steel buildings, homes, warehouses, and even prefab metal garages for Massachusetts. Structures all across New England here need to stand up to hurricane-force winds and massive snowfalls. Five of the Worst Massachusetts’ Storms Let us look at few of the most grueling storms to strike Massachusetts in the last 65 years. 1991— Hurricane Bob: Startling weather watchers, Hurricane Bob progressed from a… Read More

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After the Storm: Hurricane Clean Up

The Daunting Task of Debris Removal after Cyclonic Storms It is hard to wrap your mind around the scope of hurricane clean up. At first, just surviving day-by-day, crisis by crisis takes everyone’s full attention after a hurricane. Then reality sets in. Rebuilding cannot begin until the rubble left behind is removed. What do you do with the great piles of rubbish created by a major storm? The Debris Crisis The sheer size of debris created by strong tropical storms… Read More

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After the Storm: Environmental Impacts of Hurricanes

Three Ways Hurricanes Harm Ecosystems While the immediate effects of major cyclones dominate new stories, the environmental impacts of hurricanes can last for decades. As the media focuses on the human loss of life and property, the ecological devastation of natural habitat tends to get lost in the headlines. Hurricanes wreak death and property destruction on both people and wildlife. Man and animals can both suffer the ability to feed and house themselves and their families. Hurricanes inflict environmental damage… Read More

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