After hurricanes and tornados leveled homes across Florida and parts of the mid-Atlantic during the 1990s, building code officials and the construction industry agreed on stricter standards that would make new houses strong enough to withstand high winds -- namely 90-mph gusts for 3 seconds.
Fickle Storm Defies Forecasts
The computer models could not agree. The ocean buoys clocked offshore winds that were hurricane force. One forecaster said the storm's track would be "everything." Special reconnaissance flights probed the northbound system for clues.
Region Digs Out From Winter Storm
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Hokies Calm 'Canes
Zabian Dowdell scores 17 points as Virginia Tech to defeat ACC rival Miami, 71-58, Saturday night.
In the News
Cities Dig Out From Under: Blizzard a Big Inconvenience, but Could Have Been Much Worse (Post, Jan. 24, 2005)
Hurricane Scientist Leaves U.N. Team: U.S. Expert Cites Politics in a Letter (Post, Jan. 23, 2005)
Guiding Disaster Aid In Post-Sept. 11 Era: Florida Hurricanes Became Focus in 2004 (Post, Dec. 27, 2004)
Southeast Florida: An Open and Shut Coast (Post, Nov. 21, 2004)
Jamaica: After Ivan, A Jammin' Comeback (Post, Nov. 21, 2004)
Grand Bahama Island: Come December: Hurricane Who? (Post, Nov. 21, 2004)
Gas and Produce Prices Drive Increase in Consumer Index (Post, Nov. 18, 2004)
Payroll Growth Jumps, Helped By Hurricanes (Post, Nov. 6, 2004)
Weather Service Tempers Its Isabel Critique: Report Praises Overall Response but Acknowledges Communication Problems (Post, Nov. 5, 2004)
Immigrants' Protected Status Extended (Post, Nov. 2, 2004)
Hurricanes Leave Huge Economic Footprint: Oil's Price Passes $51 As Southeast Tries to Recover From Storms (Post, Oct. 6, 2004)
Oil Closes Above $50 A Barrel: Concern About Hurricane Damage Drives Up Prices (Post, Oct. 2, 2004)
Jeanne Gives Region a Going-Over: Storm Soaks Area, Knocking Out Power and Flooding Roads (Post, Sept. 29, 2004)
Bush Urges Supporters to Help Floridians: Candidates Prepare For Miami Debate (Post, Sept. 29, 2004)
Fla. Residents Assess Hurricanes' Damage (Post, Sept. 29, 2004)
As Jeanne Leaves, Florida Fears Extensive Flooding: Low-Lying Areas Are Vulnerable After Four Hurricanes (Post, Sept. 28, 2004)
Tropical Storm Jeanne Heads Toward Virginia: Storm Expected to Hit Washington Area Tonight, Tuesday (Post, Sept. 28, 2004; 4:00 PM)
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