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Yes--they should be because when the windows  and doors  blow out, it allows wind to blow right through your structure.  It has to be resisted by Interior partitions..  Interior partitions should be designed for a minimum wind load.

What's more important than the magnitude of force is the connections of partitions to the frame.  Good connections--and you don't have to worry too much about the force.

Richard A. Ranous, SE

Technicon Engineering, Inc. (Atlanta) wrote:

Since this is Hurricane season in southeast, this question keeps coming up and I cannot seem to get a consensus on the answer. Please share your insights if you agree or disagree.

Should interior lateral/wind loads be designed in to buildings in hurricane areas? Why or why not?
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