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Myth No. 4: Open a window or a door on the lee side of your house during a hurricane

should you open a door during a hurricane?

This is a long-standing myth spread from one neighbor to the next.

“The belief is that if you open the windows on the lee side of a home, you’ll relieve the pressure and prevent the roof from popping off,” says Judge, referring to the side of a building that is sheltered from the wind. “But the fact of the matter is that’s a huge misconception.” Changes in atmospheric pressure caused by a hurricane have no impact on a home or building. Opening doors and windows, however, can invite in flying debris -- a definite hazard.

National Geographic has advice on how to stay safe during a hurricane.

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