These round homes have survived every major hurricane in the last 50 years, including Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Take a look.
Deltec Homes, Inc.
- Hurricane Dorian has left a trail of devastation in the Bahamas: Around 13,000 houses were damaged or destroyed by the storm.
- The design company Deltec manufactures circular homes that can withstand hurricane-force winds.
- So far, the company said, its structures in the Bahamas seem to have survived the storm.
- Deltec designs have also withstood previous hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Michael.
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Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas earlier this week, leaving behind a trail of devastation, including waist-deep floods and flattened homes. The storm has killed at least 20 people.
The Red Cross reports that Dorian damaged or destroyed around 13,000 houses in the Bahamas after making landfall there on Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 185 miles per hour.
For the past 50 years, the design company Deltec Homes has developed circular houses that are especially resistant hurricanes like Dorian. So far, all of the company's structures in the Bahamas seem to have survived the storm, the company said.
Take a look at how Deltec's properties are able to withstand hurricane-force winds.
The round design of a Deltec home makes it more aerodynamic than a traditional, rectangular structure.
Deltec sources its lumber from a mill in Georgia, which tests each board to make sure it's sturdy enough to hold up during a storm.
Deltec has been designing these circular homes for more than 50 years. The properties can be found in about 30 countries.
Deltec said it reached out to homeowners in the Bahamas to find out whether their houses remained intact. Those who responded said their properties survived.
In 2017, Deltec's structures in Texas weathered Hurricane Harvey as well.
A couple weeks later, Deltec homes also withstood Hurricane Irma.
During Hurricane Michael in 2018, Deltec's properties also remained standing.
This coastal home in Mexico Beach, Florida, for example, took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. It lost part of its roof, but the structure was sound.
The company's bungalows on Black's Island, a private resort in Florida, looked pristine after Hurricane Michael.
Linton said interest in Deltec homes "tends to ebb and flow with the rise and fall of these storms."
Deltec homes typically cost around 10% more than an average house of the same size. The smallest model starts at around $100,000.
Deltec's designs offer another benefit: The round shape provides a panoramic view.
Deltec is testing new products, like an insulation blanket that keeps homes warm during the winter.
Hurricanes like Dorian challenge the company to keep improving its designs, Linton added.
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