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Tree cracking in half from windstormWindstorms and down bursts can sometimes cause as much damage as a tornado. This severe weather should be taken seriously.

Potential dangers in a windstorm:
  • Debris and falling trees cause severe damage to buildings and vehicles, and can cause fatalities.
  • Fallen power lines can cause widespread power outages.
  • Garage doors are the weakest link in the outer structure of a house. Exterior load bearing walls of buildings can fail, which results in the collapse of the roof.
  • Loose window frames are especially vulnerable during severe windstorms.
  • Light metal buildings, such as garden sheds, can collapse completely.
What to do during a windstorm:
  • Remain calm.
  • If you are inside, move away from windows and exterior walls.
  • If you are outdoors, move into a safe building and avoid downed power lines.
  • If you are driving, pull off the road and stop away from trees and power lines. Avoid overpasses. If possible, walk quickly into a safe building.

Microburst: a downward burst of wind that can causes severe damage similar to a tornado.  McGill - Example of Thunderstorms and Microbursts


Did You Know?
Windstorms and microbursts can sometimes cause as much damage as a tornado