Fact-checking Hurricane Ian's assertions

By Hemaja Burud

Some people are considering the best ways to safeguard their houses as Hurricane Ian approaches the U.S. mainland.

Many people are considering the best ways to safeguard their houses from the storm as Hurricane Ian threatens the U.S. mainland.

On Tuesday, the storm, which was a significant hurricane, tore across western Cuba, leaving 1 million people without electricity.

Some locals elected to escape as Ian targeted Florida as the next target, while others opted to fortify their houses.

Those who chose to stay piled on sandbags and boarded up their windows in an effort to take every precaution against the predicted weather.

High winds can be problematic for a house, especially if they can get inside and spread freely all around the building.

When internal doors are left open, wind can force on the roof and all of the walls, endangering the building's structural stability and increasing the likelihood that the roof will collapse entirely.

At its facilities in South Carolina, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety put this hypothetical situation to the test.

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To prevent the wind from destroying other parts of the home, inside doors can be closed to confine it to the breached area, such as a garage.

The recommendation is valid for all high-wind situations. You can do it for hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms as well, according to Dillingham.