Older houses, especially those that have not been well maintained, are no match for windy spring weather. JLC's Ted Cushman notes a recent pattern of older houses in coastal areas that have been knocked down by high winds.

The devastation was evident even in urban areas like Baltimore, he writes.

In Baltimore, Maryland, high winds damaged several unoccupied row houses, according to the Baltimore Brew (see: "Strong winds topple West Baltimore vacants," by Fern Shen). "In Baltimore, the heavy winds were taking vacants down patricularly in West Baltimore," the Brew reported. "In addition to the houses on North Payson, another rowhouse collapsed nearby at 1701 North Fulton Avenue, at the intersection with Presbury Street. There were also reports of a collapsed building at Mosher and Vinson Street and another near North Fremont and Riggs Street that damaged several cars." City authorities conducted emergency demolitions of some structures, and were keeping an eye on several other damaged buildings in case action might be required.

Luckily, houses built today can withstand these types of weather threats, including hurricanes and some tornadoes, Cushman adds.

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