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Builders making changes to withstand high winds

June 12, 2003

Camilla - Hurricane season is here. Some southwest Georgia builders are making changes to withstand high winds.

One south Georgia city recently upgraded its wind codes. That means buildings must meet standards to withstand certain wind forces.

In Camilla, wind codes increased from 90 mph to 100 mph. Builders were already installing hurricane straps, the metal pieces that bond the foundation with the roof. The 10 mph difference means builders give the trusses a different design to withstand 100 mph. Camilla Building Inspector, Charles Kelly, says, "That's the code we're working on now. We're on the border line of 90 to 100 mph. So, when Albany went to 100, so we went to 100."

As you get closer to the coast, building inspectors expect foundations to withstand higher wind speeds.

Southwest Georgia does not usually get hit by hurricane force winds. As far as tornadoes, hurricane straps wouldn't help homes in the direct path of the twister.

Hurricane season started June first and ends in November.

posted at 5:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com