Hurricane Alicia: One Year Later

by Ahsan Kareem, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. and Dir.; Structural Aerodynamics and Ocean System Modeling Laboratory, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Houston, Houston, Tex. 77004,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-466-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-466-8 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 341

Conference information: Specialty Conference | Galveston, Texas, United States | August 16-17, 1984

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


In the pre-dawn hours of August 28, 2983, Hurricane Alicia ripped its way ashore at the western tip of Galveston Island and moved northward to the Greater Houston area. This storm caused more than a billon dollars in damage, representing possibly the second worst hurricane on record with respect to the dollar-value of damage. Both engineered and non-engineered structures suffered damage. This specialty conference was particularly devoted to the areas of meteorology, structural behavior, window glass and curtain walls, testing for hurricane-resistant design, codes and standards, and designing for the future. In addition, the Conference addressed needed modifications to codes regarding windborne debris, inspection procedures and design methods in coastal areas susceptible to hurricane events. The panel discussion addressed the needs of designing for the future.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Standards and codes | Structural behavior | Window glass | Storms | Meteorology | Material properties | Texas | United States


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