Roger's SkyPix

Hurricane Andrew

Collapsed Strip-mall Roof

Collapsed Strip-mall Roof

This damage occurred at a short strip mall on the Turnpike near Quail Roost Drive. Note the toppled precast concrete roof support beams, with embedded rebars. Here, 110+ kt east winds blew out the east-facing plate glass windows of the storefronts, and pushed the walls outward enough for the roof to fall in. This might have been prevented simply by firmly covering all the front glass with 3/4" plywood.

Looking WNW.