Gallery: Florida International University Creates Massive Wall of Wind ...


For homebuilders, constructing a house that can withstand hurricane winds can be tricky, because the only way to run a test is to wait for a major storm to develop. Florida International University just changed all that with its Wall of Wind, a hurricane research facility with 12 massive fans that can brew up wind speeds of up to 157 m.p.h — the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane. Five years in the making, the $8-million facility is now up and running, and researchers hope that the lessons learned at the Wall of Wind can help prevent serious property loss the next time a major hurricane hits the southern US.

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