April 14, 2009
As the high winds from Hurricane Ike blew last September, several homes on the Texas coast were destroyed. Typical suburban scenes were turned into piles of scrap lumber as Ike tore northward through the state.
In one neighborhood in Crystal Beach, a lone home stood two stories tall among a sea of wood and debris, looking unscathed.
The strength has been put to the test several times.
"Students at Texas Tech were shooting two-by-fours at the walls at 175 mph and they were unable to penetrate it," Langford said.