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Here in Florida, we've learned our lessons.  I doubt that any other state
takes wind forces as seriously as here.  It's one of the major topics of
*every* design.

As for New York, the "Long Island Express" of 1922(?) made landfall in the
middle of Long Island packing 140 MPH winds.  Then continued  to Rhode
Island, Connecticut, and into Canada before winds died down to less than 75
MPH.  Over 600 people were killed, and caused nearly 30 Billion dollars in
damage (in today's dollars).

p.s.  Nearly 80% of deaths due to hurricanes is from drowning.  Usually from
the storm surge near the coastline.

Lew Midlam, PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis S. Wish <wish(--nospam--at)>
To: Seaoc@Seaoc. Org <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 10:42 AM
Subject: Question for East Coast Engineers

>Over the last few years, I have spoken to engineers and architects in
>various area's out east who design wood structures and have little or no
>conception of lateral design and shearwalls. Granted, most of those I ask
>are from other professional newsgroups and not generally from the SEAOC
>list, but I am confused since the threads on wind loads indicates design
>loads in excess of most of those we find on the west coast (110-120 mph 3
>second loads).
>When I ask about this, they simply state that they don't have to worry
>seismic in their part of the country.
>One engineer designed post and beam structures in Martha's Vineyards and
>seemed unaware that the structure would be affected by lateral motion.
>What are the facts. Don't the engineers on the east coast consider lateral
>design for wind or are am I confusing area's were Brick buildings are the
>I'm curious since this would imply that there is a difference in knowledge
>related to load path and tying a structure together laterally.