Manufactured Homes, Conventional Construction, Hurricane Michael-Reports, Videos, Lessons Being Learned



One network commentator said that Hurricane Michael coming on shore was like the force of an E4 Tornado that lasted for 30 minutes, instead of 30 seconds. It’s not a perfect analogy, but paints several images that many don’t realize. Among them, that tornadoes typically only stay on the ground for a few minutes or less, while a major hurricane rumbles slowly over the terrain, with the ability to create storm surge, flooding, as well as wind damage.  That’s why the hurricane losses are rapidly into the billions, instead of millions, of dollars.


MH Industry Reports, Video Insights

Just west of the bulls-eye in the Florida Panhandle – near Mobile, Alabama – a manufactured home community operator told MHProNews that there was no damage at all to his property.  He thanked us for checking in.



A manufactured home retailer in Panama City, Florida told the Daily Business News on MHProNews yesterday afternoon that they had not yet been able to access their location, but expected serious problems. Most in the directly impacted areas are still without power. By contrast, the same company has a location north-north west of the Villages that suffered no reported problems.

Several factories we heard from said that they had not heard from FEMA, but one HUD Code builder said that they had been contacted by a FEMA supplier.  They informed MHProNews that they declined to participate in supplying homes.

Still from the WaPo video posted further below. It is not entirely clear if this is conventional housing, commercial, or something else.

Sources are telling MHProNews that there seems to be a shift at FEMA towards using more RVs, and using fewer Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs).  But there are still thousands of such units in FEMAs inventor. There is an expectation that they will be put to work in the Carolinas and Florida too.

We checked video footage from various media outlets.


One of the hardest-hit spots in Florida is Mexico Beach, where Michael crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 mph winds on Oct. 11. It shows damage to conventional housing and commercial buildings too.



Some videos appeared to show what looked like manufactured home communities in the distance, but the views were too brief to be useful. This one below isn’t an inspiring video, but it shows what apparently was an older pre-HUD Code mobile home (MH), or perhaps an early HUD Code manufactured home. The MH was twisted, but the problem was a tree falling on it.



A still in the cheesy video above shows extensive damage along a stretch of beachfront property, where block-after-block of conventional housing was leveled.  They source for that video cites the family in that ‘mobile home’ with the tree toppled on it telling CNN that they planned to continue in their ‘mobile home,’ even after the storm damage.

We found video of an RV park with overturned recreational vehicles, but no manufactured homes visible in it.

This next video by the Washington Post shows block after block of conventional housing and commercial construction that is damaged. Boats washed up, piers, and other forms of destruction are evident. There is a glimpse of a manufactured home in this video below, which seems to be in good shape.


Time is reporting that, “An insurance company that produces models for catastrophes is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8 billion in insured losses.”

We welcome photos, videos and other tips from industry readers who have some first-hand experience or shots.

As more information is developed, we plan to do a follow up report for MHLivingNews. Watch for it.


Financing and Other News Tips Previews – MH Insiders Sneak Peak

MHProNews has had numerous tips, messages, calls and comments this past week. Among them are some items that could prove to be a bombshell for people focused on the finance topic.

That finance report will roil some, and embarrass others.

But they are insider facts that industry professionals, home buyers, and home owners deserve and need to be well-informed about.

Our report on a key event during the Clinton administration had to be bumped until next week, due to Hurricane Michael and other developments.  Part of our already published tee-up for that insider report is further below, under the related reports subheading.

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