Of the country’s 10,700 Fortified-designated homes, 9,227 of them are in the two coastal Alabama counties. That easily makes the state No. 1, with 87 percent of the U.S. share in homes and roofs better built to withstand hurricane-forced winds.

- John Sharp | jsharp@al.com

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ALcom Article 2-2019 Alabama leads nation in building the strongest hurricane-resilient homes