A 1200' tower in Princeton FL (just north of Homestead) was flattenned
by Andrew. As was darn near everything else down there.
Rob Atkinson, K5UJ wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> This is a question for the tower professionals (but of course anyone
> can chime in).
> The local newspaper's wx section yesterday had a writeup about
> Hurricane Andrew since this was the 10th anniv. of its landfall. It
> stated that it sustained winds of 165 mph with gusts of over 175 mph.,
> when it hit Fla. just south of Miami. As a ham I naturally thought
> first of the Miami area commercial towers (was pretty sure ham
> antennas all blew down) and wondered if they were built down there to
> make it through something like that? Are commercial towers for tv
> and radio etc. built for something like that down there or does
> everyone keep their fingers crossed and stay out of the way downwind
> of the towers and get the heck out of town? I can't imagine building
> a tall tower that could survive an extended blast of cat. 5
> hurricane. Just wondering.
> Rob Atkinson
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