The devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael may have exposed a weak spot in Florida’s lauded statewide building code, among the strongest anywhere when it comes to windstorms: Across much of the Panhandle, the rules may not be tough enough.That’s because the code’s requirements for wind resistance vary widely by location. And while they’re most rigorous in famously hurricane-prone South Florida, they taper down the farther north you move along the peninsula. In most of the Panhandle, the code requirements are significantly less stringent.To illustrate the differences: Under the statewide code, most new structures in Miami-Dade County, including homes and office buildings, must be designed to withstand winds around 175 miles an hour, said John Pistorino, a veteran Miami structural engineer who helped write the building rules.TAMPA BAY TIMES COVERAGE: HURRICANE MICHAELDAY THREE: Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane MichaelEND OF THE ROAD: Life on … [Read more...] about After Hurricane Michael, is it time to rewrite Florida’s building code?
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Mark Berman, Antonia Noori Farzan, Eli Rosenberg and J. Freedom du Lac, The Washington Post Published 5:35 pm CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018 In this image made from video and provided by SevereStudios.com, damage from Hurricane Michael is seen in Mexico Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael's wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S. (SevereStudios.com via AP) less In this image made from video and provided by SevereStudios.com, damage from Hurricane Michael is seen in Mexico Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida ... more Photo: AP Hector Benthall, right, gets a hug from his neighbor Keito Jordan after remnants of Hurricane Michael … [Read more...] about At least six killed by storm in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina
Five years ago, encouraged by homebuilders and an anti-regulatory zeal, lawmakers in North Carolina joined other states in weakening building code requirements. It’s a decision they may regret as Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas. The Legislature in 2013 increased the amount of time between updates to its building code from three years to six. That means that updates that set new standards for elevating the floors in flood-prone homes aren’t in effect, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Inc., a nonprofit disaster safety organization. In 2015, state regulators also eliminated a requirement that storm shutters be permanently anchored. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety called out North Carolina for the changes in a report issued earlier this year, and lowered the state’s score in an assessment of building codes in hurricane-prone states. “This change means the state residential code will always be one or two cycles … [Read more...] about North Carolina weakened its building codes in 2013
Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 2:52 AM EDT RALEIGH, N.C.-- Demonstrations encircled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, and House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing.Thousands of Christian conservatives and other supporters of the law known as House Bill 2 gathered on a grassy mall behind the Legislative Building on the opening day of the legislature to praise the mostly Republican legislators and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory for passing the restrictions during a special session last month."It took great courage for them to establish this bill," said Doug Woods, 82, of Raleigh, a rally attendee. "They need to stand firm."The law blocks local and state protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and directs which restrooms transgender people can use in public buildings.Key lawmakers who pushed through the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo LGBT law sparks protests at North Carolina statehouse
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