Wind

Straight line wind speeds during a severe thunderstorm can exceed 100 mph.

When most people think about winds associated with a thunderstorm, they think tornadoes. However, most years there are far more damage reports from thunderstorm Straight Line Winds that have no rotation than from tornadoes. Straight line wind speeds during a severe thunderstorm can exceed 100 mph. Coastal Winds stem from large storm systems moving onshore, causing damage as they move inland. Coastal winds can cause damage to the natural environment and cause beach erosion.

Did you know that…

  • When winds are sustained at 40-50 mph, isolated wind damage is possible.
  • For every one tornado reported, there are 10 severe wind reports.
  • Strong winds that drive up coastal water levels can create a damaging storm surge.

High Wind Safety

  • Dangers from high winds include flying debris, reduced visibility due to dust, damaged or destroyed structures, downed power lines, and overturned vehicles.
  • High wind can endanger small water craft and swimmers when wind and waves combine to create dangerous conditions.
  • Stay clear from buildings under construction, as they can collapse or be sources of flying debris.
  • Call the utility company about any downed power lines.
  • Delay travel if you drive a lightweight or high profile vehicle.

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