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Creating Monster Winds to Advance Hurricane Safety

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by Inside Science TV

Miami residents no longer have to wait to see if their latest home improvements can withstand a hurricane that blows ashore.

Florida International University researchers have built a 12-fan simulation that can produceĀ a category 5 hurricane’sĀ sustained 150 mph blasts of air. The fans’ combined 8,400 horsepower can test models for hurricane-proofing even large-scale structures, and water sprayers help simulate the penetration of high-speed horizontal wind-driven rain.

FIU says the simulation, called the Wall of Wind, is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind.

Top Image: External view of the FIU Wall of Wind. Courtesy Florida International University.

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