Popular Science

Hurricanes destroy beachside homes, but not this one

The engineering that helped one Mexico Beach, Florida, house outlast Hurricane Michael.

On October 10, Hurricane Michael spun Category 4 winds around the upper reaches of the Sunshine State. With sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, the tempest was the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle—and the fourth worst to make landfall in the lower United States. Almost every structure at Tyndall Air Force base suffered structural damage. The seaside town of Apalachicola, 54 miles down the coast, saw an 8-foot storm surge. And Mexico Beach, which sits halfway between the two, saw three-quarters of its homes, municipal buildings, and businesses damaged.

But one structure withstood the storm, despite its front step sitting and lead engineer on the project. Here’s how—with money and expertise—the crew outmaneuvered Michael, and made this home a model of resilient architecture.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science4 min read
The Best Affordable Used Motorcycles Any Beginner Can Buy
Used bikes offer unadulterated moto-goodness for new riders. Scratch that, for all motorcycle riders.
Popular Science4 min readTech
Get A Second Phone Number Without Buying A Whole New Line
Most of us only have one phone number, and we probably don’t want to share that one number with everyone. A disposable second number is awfully useful for one-time Craigslist conversations, or the early stages of online dating. Or perhaps you’re star
Popular Science3 min readTech
Last Week In Tech: Snap’s New Spectacles, Sega’s Genesis Mini, And The Clickiest New Keyboards Around
Back in 2016, Snap released the original Spectacles. The quirky-looking sunglasses had a built-in camera that shot round video, which no one really wanted. As a tech product, Spectacles weren’t all that impressive, but they excelled at generating hyp