How are really tall buildings able to withstand high winds?


I live in Chicago and get super anxious when it’s Windy out ( I know that its called windy for another reason but it was also WINDY recently). How is it that these tall buildings don’t fall over, how safe should I feel? The swaying also bugs me out when I’m inside them.

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Steel frames. They’re strong. Tall Buildings are engineered to withstand a certain limit of windspeeds. Then engineering principles say to apply an amount of over engineering as safety factor, typically 1.5x or 2x

But should we ever get the much speculated tornado that hits the Loop, no amount of over engineering will be enough. Something is gonna come down

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