How to Build a Hurricane-Proof House

They couldn’t sleep. A hurricane was lashing their brand-new house with a torrent of wind and rain. Deborah Rodriguez and her husband were miles away, snuggled up in a hotel bed, but they could watch the drama unfold in real time: Their smartphones were connected to their home security cameras. The couple, from St. Petersburg, Florida, along with their kids and pets, had evacuated ahead of Hurricane Idalia last August.

Rodriguez stared at her phone screen. She was confident that her house had been built to a high standard—that it was designed to withstand exactly this kind of onslaught. But she wondered. Poring over the shadowy, shuddering footage of debris

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