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X~FACTOR

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People in the northeast know that we have been getting strong winds this past few weeks. Well last night was the motha of all strong winds.

Just as I lay down on my bed, I felt it was shaking. Not much, mind you, but just enough to notice it. The strong wind was SHAKING THE WHOLE HOUSE! Is this normal for a detached 3-floor framed house or is my house in danger of collapsing?
 
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I don't think I'd sleep on the bottom floor. ;)

It's fierce, we lost power for 6-7hrs beginning at 1pm... feel fortunate most of the leaves have fallen or I'm sure there would be more trees down.

My flag holder held firm with the lag bolts though.. woohoo! :usa:

And the yards are cleared of leaves mostly as well... saved me from raking. Though I did have to retrieve the motor cover, a rifle case, some carpet and a couple baskets of my neighbors that had landed in our yard. heh
At least it didn't rain/flood... all the shutters are still on too. It was a lot worse than Isabel when she came through. (Yes, the hurricane :p )
 
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Flint, Michigan got an 83 mph wind gust yesterday.
 
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We got rattled pretty good too. Gusts measured at 72 MPH. A whole bunch of houses around me have chunks of shingles missing, and two of the local farms lost at least half of their roofs blown off...Thankfully our house is ok.
 
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Originally posted by X~FACTOR
The strong wind was SHAKING THE WHOLE HOUSE! Is this normal for a detached 3-floor framed house?

I just moved in to this house and I don't know the history of it and never experience a house shaking from wind before. Is this sort of normal?
 
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Re: Re: My house was shaking from strong wind!

Originally posted by X~FACTOR
I just moved in to this house and I don't know the history of it and never experience a house shaking from wind before. Is this sort of normal?


Yeah, it's normal for a house to move in the wind. The taller the house, the more it will move. If it didn't flex, it would break instead. A lot of how much it moves depends upon what part of the house faces the wind, construction techniques and quality of construction. My house only moves a little because it's well constructed, and the prevailing winds hit on a corner instead of straight on one side. Some of our neighbor's houses face into the wind, and aren't built as well as our house, so they move a lot more.
 
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X~FACTOR

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Okay, thanks man. That's a relief. I hate to wake up one morning and see half of the house blown away by the wind. :D
 
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72 mph gusts ain't nothing the biggest we had was 110 MPH now that's wind
 
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We got hit by 120mph straight line winds here in Phoenix a few years ago. The damage was incredible. We lost the ridge pole from our roof as well as all of the tiles that were attached. Our neighbors chimney fell and crushed their roof and the next day cars throughout the neighborhood had busted windows from flying debris pretty freaky for Phoenix.
 
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Originally posted by blue_97_v8
72 mph gusts ain't nothing the biggest we had was 110 MPH now that's wind


It is when you're not used to it, and the houses aren't designed for it. It's only 3 mph off Hurricane strength, and that "ain't nothing" :rolleyes:. Part of the problem here is we had sustained strong winds for 48 hours. It battered and beat stuff up due to the duration as much as due to the velocity.
 
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Originally posted by sunbum
And the yards are cleared of leaves mostly as well... saved me from raking.

lol! that's what happened here a few days ago! woohoo!
 
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