I only go after the Billionaires!Not very nice judging people.
Another thing we're constantly being told is bad, Mansplaining. However, sans condescension, we all know it's a good thing. It's the way we're wired, ladies. Get used to it.
As one who lives in tornado alley, and who has studied tornadoes, I can assure you that the old "open the windows to equalize the pressure" is nonsense. Tornadoes destroy homes by wind load exceeding the strength of the construction. Air moving over the roof creates lift, and wind pushing against walls push them in, then the roof lifts off and the rest of the house gets blown to splinters. Besides, there is enough wind-borne debris along with wind load to break out windows. Once the high speed wind gets inside, it helps to blow the house apart. Opening windows is a bad idea because: 1) It delays you taking shelter, 2) it exposes you to wind-borne debris and broken glass fragments if the window breaks, 3) it does absolutely nothing to save the house, and in fact, by allowing wind inside, can create more damage than if left shut.
^ so noted, and concur.
My daughter msg'd & passed on photos from her friends apt on Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma totally wrecked the inside of their apt, but the poured-concrete building itself survived.
Both sides of the eyewall of Irma with 185mph winds passed over Sint Maarten. all of the 'windward-side' windows were blown in, first in one direction and then in the other direction.
once an air stream at that velocity reaches the inside of an apt or building......end discussion.
my daughter went thru a Cat 4 hurricane on Sint Maarten. Although the apt was windward side, it was shielded by a hill. no windows were broken.
Caribbean hurricanes are nasty!
Now Hurricane Maria is predicted to hit the same northern Leeward Islands, predicted to be a Cat 3 by then.
fortunately most of the tourists and even much of the population has been evacuated from those islands.
btw: a quirk of St. Marten (French) vs Sint Maarten (Dutch):
Since the island is divided between French and Dutch control, anyone remaining on the island & obtaining government-provided rations is 'controlled' as to which side of the island they live on. even in the middle of destruction, the Gov. will control who receives what!