Straight-line Winds

Straight-line Winds are those winds which can be produced by a thunderstorm. If gusts exceed 58 mph than the storm is classified as severe; the difference between these storms and tornadoes is that all the damage flows in one direction, and gives it the name straight-line winds. 

Safety Tips:

  • Stay away from all windows and doors during the storm. If you can do it safely, draw the window shades or blinds to reduce the risk from flying glass shattered by high winds.
  • Bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.).
  • Avoid using a corded telephone or other electrical appliances until the storm passes
  • Monitor the radio, television or Internet for the latest weather information.

For information on Straight-line Wind preparedness click here.