I’m in South Florida, bracing for Hurricane Floyd which seems to be headed straight for us. And someone here at work was talking about how the west side of a structure would be safer in a hurricane coming in from the east. Barring any spin-off tornados, which would render the question moot, is a certain side of a structure any safer?
I suppose if the direction of the wind is constant, this might hold true. But the way I see it, if the hurricane is gradually moving over a given point, the direction of the winds will change relative to your position inside the hurricane. I tried to tell this to people who are only shuttering certain sides of their houses, but to no avail. Who’s right and who’s house is going to land in Oz?