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.


gust front diagram