April 3, 2008
While no place is immune from violent weather, David South lives in what he believes is the safest community of dwellings in Texas. He says his five-bedroom home and every small domed rental house along Dome Park Lane are built to withstand the force and fury of tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes.
"The dome shape certainly is favorable for minimizing wind forces," said Ernst Kiesling, a professor of civil engineering at the Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association. "But we don't use the term 'near absolute protection.' I couldn't make that claim (about South's domes) without more knowledge about the degree of debris-impact resistance."