Tornado's and Hurricanes - Below
is an article taken from the Chicago Tribune that explains the benefits
of Log Homes when battling high winds.
The signs are ominous: a greenish black sky, fast-moving clouds
in a rotating pattern, a sudden quiet after a thunderstorm, then
a roar like a train or a jet. Tornado season is here.
Twisters hit the Midwest more frequently in April and May than any
other time. It was just a year ago that a deadly tornado devastated
Utica, in central Illinois.
Hurricane season arrives June 1, and conjures up images of last
year's disastrous storms - and which fueled a new urgency for making
What, if anything, can be done to build houses that better weather
The housing industry thinks it has an answer in systems-built houses.
Though log cabins suggest pioneer days rather than cutting-edge
technology, they have stood the test of time and have survived severe
storms because of their strength and weight.
A log house in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, suffered no damage when Hurricane
Ivan swept through with winds of more than 100 mph Besides the strength
of the solid log walls, it was had hurricane straps connecting the
timber roof to the log walls.
(Bevier) noted that log houses used to be just for vacations. "Now
90 percent are primary residences," he said.