These windstorms come in many forms from straight line winds, downbursts, micro and macro bursts, tornadoes, typhoons, cyclones, tropical depressions and hurricanes. They have caused billions in damage, downed planes, capsized ships and taken lives.
Just to give you an idea of what a ‘plain old wind storm’ can do:
On Columbus Day, October 12, 1962, the strongest non-tropical windstorm (sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 179 mph) ever to hit the lower 48 states in recorded American history struck the Pacific coast. The storm claimed 46 lives, injured hundreds more, and knocked power out for several million people. Many wind reports were lost because of power outages, with peak winds likely occurring after the power was out.
The storm packed hurricane-force winds caused $235 million in property damage ($1.4 billion in 2001 dollars). In addition, it blew down over 15 billion board feet of timber (valued at $750 million in 1962 dollars), from the west coast (northern California, through Oregon and Washington, into British Columbia) to as far inland as western Montana.
None of these storms are to be taken lightly!
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