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Nov 11, 2013 6:55 PM

Windstorm Engineer: No Home is Hurricane Proof

CORPUS CHRISTI - These days, new homes and roofs in the Coastal Bend are built to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 130 mph.

But a local engineer says there's not much that could stand up to a storm like the one that just slammed the Philippines.

Ronnie Voss, a long-time engineer and windstorm inspector, says there's no doubt a storm that size would cause extensive damage here.

Even new homes, built with metal straps and concrete walls, could easily be laid bare by the195 mph winds and twenty-plus foot waves that slammed the Filipino coast.

Homes in the 14 counties on the Texas Coast need to be certified that they are able to withstand various wind speeds and this requires a windstorm inspection.

To check whether your home is windstorm certified or part of the state's alternative-certification program, click here.

To find a windstorm-certified inspector to check out your home, click here. Voss said a windstorm inspection can run anywhere from $1,500 to more than $4,000.

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