Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Wind strong Tornado season underscores importance of reinforced masonry wall systems By Dawn Henning A lthough peak tornado season typically occurs April through June, violent outbursts struck early this year and featured one of the largest tornado events to ever occur in winter. The Jan. 21-23 spate of storms produced 79 confirmed tornadoes across the Deep South, from Texas to South Carolina, resulting in the second-deadliest January out- break on record. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. averages more than 1,000 tornadoes per year, more than any other country. Annual insurance losses from U.S. tornadoes and thunderstorms range in the billions, with the costliest event occurring in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and nearby areas in April 2011, resulting in $7.8 billion in insured damages. While events of this magnitude account for only a small percentage of the total number of tornadoes that occur in the 156 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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