In the Path of the Storm-Wilson

The homes I studied in Wilson were all built between 2004 and 2009. This home was almost completely destroyed; shown here is an end wall, which was braced at the corners with OSB and had nonstructural extruded polystyrene as infill sheathing.

The home's bottom plate — shown with bits of the foam sheathing still attached — was intact; structural wall sheathing would have greatly strengthened this connection between the wall studs and the bottom plate.

A nearby home used plywood corner bracing and foam infill.

A closeup view reveals that interior drywall — which would not have been present on the attic gable above — probably helped hold the wall together.

The opposite gable showed similar damage.

Though this home's roof remained largely intact, several of the exterior walls were blown out — a testament to both the tornado's lack of strength and the inability of poorly executed framing connections to maintain integrity of the building envelope.

The back corner is still supported by the OSB corner bracing panel.

A braced corner in front was pulled off when its connection to the bottom plate failed.

On the opposite side of the house, the foam sheathing at the gable truss is almost completely stripped from the framing. Below, the foam-sheathed portion of the wall was lost, though the OSB corner bracing is still in place.

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