Lessons Learned by a Wind Engineer

by Richard D. Marshall, NIST, Gaithersburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Surface wind speeds during the passage of Hurricane Hugo through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are described. Although damage to the affected areas was extensive, an assessment of relevant data indicates that the actual wind speeds were far lower than those reported by the news media. The consequences of overstating the wind speeds are examined and actions to improve the accuracy of measuring and reporting wind speeds are outlined.

Subject Headings: Wind speed | Wind loads | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Building design | Building codes | Standards and codes | Load factors | Islands | Puerto Rico | United States | Caribbean

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