Ever thought you could create the conditions of a fire and burning embers or of a category 4 hurricane, well these people are trying!
Inside a huge warehouse they are going to reenact mother nature to try and improve building structures and codes. The Institute for Business and Home Safety is working with Insurance companies to recreate conditions to help improve housing and to show why adding extras to your house could help save it from damage. It is all happening outside of Richburg, South Carolina. They are focusing on wind, fire, rain and hail- the elements that cause a billion dollars worth of damage every year. It is the only place on the planet that can recreate weather events and test them on real scale houses in side a big box. So how much does this cost? 30 million dollars.
Going back to the storms in North Carolina that hit on Sunday I watched this video today and was in shock by the story. This family was literally thrown into a pond in their trailer on Sunday night. It shows careful you have to be when you are dealing with tornadoes or severe storms. Thankfully the father and three kids made it out alive with help from neighbors.
Close to home it was very windy today, gusts being reported as high as 40 mph. For some of the reports you can check out this list.
Have a great night, enjoy the nice warm up! But please NO BURNING!
Meteorologist Kristen Connolly
This post was written by kconnolly on March 30, 2010