Eye of the storm: Home built to withstand hurricane

Published: Sep. 5, 2011 at 10:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 at 12:29 PM EDT
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SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Scan the horizon of Sullivan's Island and you will find a dome nestled among the other seaside houses.

"We're just thankful that we got wild enough to decide, 'Lets do it!, '" said owner Huiet Paul.

Paul proudly owns what he calls Eye of the Storm, a home built to withstand hurricanes.

"The old house was taken out with Hurricane Hugo," Paul said.

That happened back in 1989 on the same property Paul owns today. In the aftermath of Hugo, Paul and his son, George, put their heads together. By 1992, the family called this dome home.

"We've had many a happy gathering and hopefully we'll have a few more." said Paul.

Eye of the Storm can withstand 500 mph winds, weighs about 450 tons and has automated shutters that can be powered by a generator.

Paul's home has made some headlines over the years, and come to the aid of broadcasters in more ways than one.

During the late 90's, a media crew kept Paul company while covering a hurricane threatening the east coast.

"They set up here," said Paul."They had huge trucks in the yard, and another truck between here and the beach."

In the past, neighbors complained Eye of the Storm placed function over form at their expense.

Now the house has become an attraction for visitors to the area.

"They stop at the driveway, " said Paul. "Some have the nerve to drive in. I don't think there's any unhappiness, but if there's anybody listening to your program, let me know. I'm not going to do anything about it, but at least I can give you my phone number."

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