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(WRAL)   Watch as this straight-line wind event deals Three Little Pigs Construction a major setback   (wral.com) divider line 26
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2014-01-11 11:10:36 PM  
I'm glad that I wasn't thinking of living there
 
2014-01-11 11:26:57 PM  
Wanted for questioning:

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2014-01-11 11:47:02 PM  
How does that happen in a hurricane area? Had they not yet installed some kind of additional support?

The first story looked unfinished, but surely that didn't cause the problem.
 
2014-01-12 12:03:16 AM  
Well, it's a bit of a stretch to call Raleigh "a hurricane area", especially in January. Windy days can come along at any time of the year, though.

I was watching this unfold live on the RDU high-res radar. In the velocity encoding, the values go from (IIRC) +64 to -64 kph (speed toward or away from the radar site). There was a sizable blob of darkest-color-on-the-map that came across southwest Wake County and headed over the airport -- where they measured a gust of 86 mph, the highest ever recorded there.

I'd expect construction projects to be braced against any reasonably strong wind. This wind was unreasonable.

/subby
//wondering what I'll find on the way to work tomorrow -- that blob went over part of my commute
 
2014-01-12 12:19:24 AM  
Nails are for chumps.
The building 'hinge' effect is cool to see live.

Unfortunately is some building codes consider drywall to be a structural member for the total structural load. There is also those contractors who pull out all the temp internal braces early.

/I hope that is OSB or plywood on the walls and not that shiatty press-board.
//Less nails means all that board is still good to use again.
 
2014-01-12 12:30:08 AM  

sheep snorter: Nails are for chumps.
The building 'hinge' effect is cool to see live.

Unfortunately is some building codes consider drywall to be a structural member for the total structural load. There is also those contractors who pull out all the temp internal braces early.

/I hope that is OSB or plywood on the walls and not that shiatty press-board.
//Less nails means all that board is still good to use again.


Those buildings did look pretty flimsy.  The entire frame was just wood and plywood or particle board?  You'd think for something that size you'd want some sort of masonry for the structure, or at least a steel frame anchored into concrete.
 
2014-01-12 01:48:08 AM  
I was at home today when that gust came through.  It was unexpected and very, very intense for a brief period there.  I was wondering what the heck was going on.

I had been looking outside to gauge how hard it was raining.  When the rain stopped, I finished folding some laundry, threw some clean clothes on, and was ready to hop in the car to run some errands.

Next thing I saw, very suddenly the wind picked up and it went from no rain to torrential downpour, no transition.  Finally, the blast of wind blew in.  The rain was almost literally coming down sideways.  Limbs were flying out of the trees, I thought one of the trees across the street was going to come down.
 
2014-01-12 01:54:20 AM  

Fubini: How does that happen in a hurricane area? Had they not yet installed some kind of additional support?

The first story looked unfinished, but surely that didn't cause the problem.


That's a couple hundred miles from the shore where hurricanes are not usually an issue and it's not the season for them. It's highly unusual to get winds like that this time of the year here.

/Lives halfway between the coast and where this happens
 
2014-01-12 02:39:57 AM  

randomjsa: That's a couple hundred miles from the shore where hurricanes are not usually an issue and it's not the season for them. It's highly unusual to get winds like that this time of the year here.


Yeah..high winds never happen near the coast line and it's unusual to have such winds....especially when they just POP UP out of SEASON. Stupid winds...they should know to blow in season. Because then the structures will be ready for them.
 
2014-01-12 02:52:01 AM  
Soft story, insufficient lateral bracing, shear panels that were installed on lower level not nailed off properly. Who the hell builds the next level up without finishing the shearply on the lower level first? I would not call that "an act of God". The contractor is going to eat that one.
 
2014-01-12 02:54:10 AM  
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2014-01-12 04:27:28 AM  
They hadn't finished building the first floor, but that's another story.
 
2014-01-12 05:18:39 AM  
I spent some time in that area.  I used to ride my mountain bike through a forest near there, beautiful hundred or so years of growth with nice trails and streams.  After one pretty big storm where there were warnings of downburst winds, I went for a ride.  Right in the middle of the forest there was about a 4 square block area of what used to be 80 foot tall trees flattened.  Nothing stood taller than 4 or so feet, and it was still fresh and green, nothing stripped or torn, just flattened.  It looked like something punched the forest.  Nature is scary.
 
2014-01-12 06:37:49 AM  

MrHappyRotter: Next thing I saw, very suddenly the wind picked up and it went from no rain to torrential downpour, no transition.  Finally, the blast of wind blew in.  The rain was almost literally coming down sideways.  Limbs were flying out of the trees, I thought one of the trees across the street was going to come down.


jfarkinB: I'd expect construction projects to be braced against any reasonably strong wind. This wind was unreasonable.

// wondering what I'll find on the way to work tomorrow -- that blob went over part of my commute

~

Those 2 comments conspired to make me remember this scene. My brane makes me laugh sometimes.

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// Oh hurry Neddy! They're awful.
 
2014-01-12 07:16:49 AM  

MrHappyRotter: I was at home today when that gust came through.  It was unexpected and very, very intense for a brief period there.  I was wondering what the heck was going on.

I had been looking outside to gauge how hard it was raining.  When the rain stopped, I finished folding some laundry, threw some clean clothes on, and was ready to hop in the car to run some errands.

Next thing I saw, very suddenly the wind picked up and it went from no rain to torrential downpour, no transition.  Finally, the blast of wind blew in.  The rain was almost literally coming down sideways.  Limbs were flying out of the trees, I thought one of the trees across the street was going to come down.


Sounds like a downburst / microburst. They are small and short lived, forming often from nontornadic thunderstorms storms, but can create brief winds in the EF1 (rarely higher) winds. Microbursts used to knock planes out of the sky until they installed terminal Doppler weather radars at major airports and trained pilots to avoid them. But they still cause significant property damage and are more common than tornadoes.
 
2014-01-12 08:25:46 AM  
ICF FTW, BABY!!!!! (that's For The Wind btw)
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2014-01-12 09:10:06 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]


I never once thought I'd see Green Jelly mentioned on Fark.
 
2014-01-12 09:19:31 AM  
These overpriced "developments" are all shoddy.  We had an under-construction complex catch fire here once.  It went up like a Union Carbide plant.
 
2014-01-12 09:34:51 AM  

b0rscht: Sounds like a downburst / microburst.


Looked like one, too, on the...

... terminal Doppler weather radars at major airports ...

...which was where I watched it unfold.
 
2014-01-12 09:40:14 AM  

optikeye: Yeah..high winds never happen near the coast line and it's unusual to have such winds....especially when they just POP UP out of SEASON. Stupid winds...they should know to blow in season. Because then the structures will be ready for them.


Do you have airbags deployed around your bed, just in case someone drives a car into your bedroom while you're sleeping? Because we see news reports about people driving into buildings at least once a month around here, but microbursts blowing down buildings under construction seem to happen a lot less frequently.
 
2014-01-12 11:44:44 AM  
The drywall wasn't installed yet, that gives it stability.
 
2014-01-12 03:08:42 PM  
The carpets weren't installed either.

They really tie the rooms together.
 
2014-01-12 05:54:44 PM  
strangely had the exact same kind of weather in Orlando last night. went from nothing to HOLY CRAP in about 10 minutes.
 
2014-01-12 05:59:56 PM  

Twist-42: strangely had the exact same kind of weather in Orlando last night. went from nothing to HOLY CRAP in about 10 minutes.


Sunny to 'OMG it's Armegeddon!' thunderstorms in the blink of an eye are typical in Florida though, which is why we build our buildings out of concrete and rebar, cinderblocks and stucco, or with steel frames that can handle such weather.
 
2014-01-12 08:31:00 PM  
I live in this community. My town home building is far enough from that building that my wife and I were not aware about the damage as it was happening. Our balcony faces a major road and once the second fire truck and one EMS showed up, I told my wife, I think the new building probably collapsed.

We walked there and met up with other neighbors as we discussed the storm, the building etc. I actually talked to the guy that recorded this video. There were 5 or 6 contractors working on that building. None of them got hurt.  I'm sure they got the hell out of there before the winds really picked up. The winds eventually reached 86 mph.

And then, just like that, the storm was gone.
 
2014-01-13 08:56:35 AM  

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I own the CD single of that song from when the band was still called Green Jello.

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