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