Willy G. Henderson
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Protecting Your Property From Wind Damage
Copyright © 2010 by Willy G. Henderson
In 1954 a category 4 hurricane that was expected to dissipate, re-intensified and with winds reaching 110 km/hour dumped twelve inches of rain in 48 hours. On the dawn of the third day, 81 people were dead and 4000 families were homeless. If this sounds like Haiti, well you are right, at least partially. The hurricane was born off the coast of Africa, picked up speed crossing the Atlantic and vaulted over Haiti killing an estimated 1000 people. Incredibly, most of the people drowned as water rushed down mountain peaks as high as 2400 meters. Although the mountains robbed the mass of much of it’s energy, it gathered force as it crossed the Caribbean making landfall in the Carolina’s. It cut a swath of death and destruction across 1100 km of land through Delaware, Maryland, the Virginia’s, New Jersey and New York until cooler air finally slowed its advance and it stalled out over Southern Ontario.