How much wind can a double wide mobile home withstand. By their nature mobile homes are less able than traditional homes to withstand the effects of hurricane winds with category one wind speeds beginning at 74 mph. Three storms in five years hurricane donna 1960 hurricane cleo 1964 and hurricane betsy 1965 brought home the excitement of riding out cat 3 winds in a sturdy stick built 1920s era home a block from biscayne bay. Visit us often to see what were up to. For example how old your mobile home is where youre living and whether your home has any attachments.
With the advancement of several hud mandated upgrades after the devastation of hurricane andrew in 1992 the building codes developed afterward for newer mobile home ensures that construction is absolutely built strongly enough to withstand a run of the mill wind storm. Wind zone iii manufactured homes are built to withstand 110 mph sustained winds. My friends and co workers keep telling me how nice they are and i went to see one and it was gorgeous it had everything i could want in a home. Nbcs kerry sanders reports on the american modern manufactured home high wind testing at the ibhs research center.
In general there are several factors that bear on whether your mobile home can withstand 80 mph winds. Wind zone ii manufactured homes are built to withstand 100 mph sustained winds. I have heard report once that certain modular homes can withstand hurricane wind. Wind forces on mobile homes.
From this it will be possible to estimate the wind speed a mobile home can resist without anchorage and to suggest methods of tying it down. A zone ii home can be set in a zone i or ii area but not in a zone iii area. This zone is generally the inland portions of zone iii. The strongest hurricanes with category five winds exceeding 154 mph will quickly destroy most mobile homes regardless.
To answer the question there are things we need to consider. To appreciate wind effects on a mobile home it is necessary to understand the pattern of air flow over the structure and the pressures and suctions produced by the flow. A mobile homes long broad sides act as sails catching the wind and then sometimes flexing greatly in.