Damaging Winds

damaging winds
Don’t underestimate the power of strong thunderstorm winds known as straight-line winds – they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 mph.

When dense rained-cooled air reaches the surface it spreads out horizontally with the leading edged of the cool air forming a gust front.

The gust front marks the boundary of a sharp temperature decrease and increase in wind speed.

Be aware of any trees around you during a thunderstorm, and if outside, don't take cover under a tree, because trees can fall over and are often struck by lightning. 

Be aware and stay tuned to the National Weather Service Northern Indiana for any updates on changing weather conditions and the latest information on storms and where they are heading

After damaging winds occur be careful going outside and watch out for falling tree limbs and stay away from downed power lines.