The photos have become familiar: Dozens of smashed homes after a major hurricane like Dorian in the Bahamas, with one or two standing strong in the midst of them.
How does that happen The answer lies in a combination of design, materials and stringent building codes.
Take for example Kenneth Langston's house on Elbow Cay, part of the Abacos Islands. The house was built in 2009 by Deltec, a company that specializes in hurricane-resistant and environmentally friendly homes. Deltec uses a circular design and special roofline that the company says increases the building's ability to withstand high winds. Several others besides Langston's survived Dorian, and a whole community of Deltec homes escaped the wrath of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle last year. Click the link in our bio to read more.
Photo courtesy of Kenneth Langston
Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is likely to become a tropical depression or tropical storm by Saturday night and will pose a threat to the Bahamas, Florida and possibly other parts of the southern United States, including areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian. For more info, tap the link in our bio.
Several businesses, homes and a hospital were damaged Tuesday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after a tornado and straight-line thunderstorm winds ripped through southern sections of the city. Click the link in our bio for more info. Photo courtesy of Twitter/DerekjT1003
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Aerial photos above show damage caused by Hurricane Dorian on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, on September 4, 2019. A massive rescue effort is underway after Hurricane Dorian spent more than a day inching over the Bahamas, killing at least twenty as entire communities were flattened, roads washed out and hospitals and airports swamped by several feet of water. Click the link in our bio to see more photos of the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Hurricane Dorian will track near the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeast Virginia into Friday, delivering a siege of storm surge flooding, high winds and flooding rain. Click the link in our bio to read more.
Damage is seen to a marina as Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater forward-deployed four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews in support of search and rescue as well as humanitarian aid in the hard-hit Bahamas on September 2, 2019. Dorian brought devastating damage to the Bahamas, and is poised to make its way up the East Coast this week. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
Hurricane Dorian has stalled, continuing its siege on the northwestern Bahamas, but will track dangerously close to a long swath of the East Coast from Florida to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this week. Click the link in our bio to get the latest update.
A woman shows a window covered with plywood from inside a trailer at Silver Court Trailer Park in Miami on August 31, 2019, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 storm, and poised to strike a catastrophic blow to the Northern Bahamas before heading to the U.S. Click the link in our bio to see more images. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP/Getty Images
This time lapse shows #HurricaneDorian’s movement across the Atlantic from 11:30 p.m. on Thursday to 9:00 a.m. EDT today. Dorian may make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm between Sunday and Monday. Click the link in our bio for updates. GIF courtesy of @NOAA/ GOES-East satellite