New Town Takes Worst of Irene, Emerges Unscathed

The town, designed by DPZ Associates, uses traditional building techniques (most of which are completely illegal in US hurricane zones) and fared better in the eye of Hurricane Irene at its strongest point than any other town.

Steve Mouzon explains why none of Schooner Bay's windows were blown out by Hurricane Irene:

"So how did these homemade windows manage to withstand Irene's fury with not one broken pane? The same way homemade Bahamian windows have withstood countless storms before her for centuries: the homeowners simply shut their shutters. Schooner Bay shutters are typically solid instead of louvered, so they can take a serious lick from wind-borne debris, protecting the windows behind them, which remain untouched by the storm.

The windows are only the beginning."

Thanks to Steve Mouzon

Full Story: The Schooner Bay Miracle


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