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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 16 January 2014

A video went viral over the past few days showing a Raleigh, North Carolina condo under construction collapsing during a windstorm.  Toll Brothers, the company constructing the Brier Creek condominium building, is now saying that the building was not complete enough to withstand the wind gusts.  When the building collapsed on Saturday, it was not yet in compliance with the Raleigh building codes, which require structures to be able to withstand wind gusts up to either 90 or 100 miles per hour.  The largest wind gust measured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport during the storm was 86 miles per hour.  Meteorologists are trying to determine if that makes the gust the strongest or second strongest ever recorded in the area.