The Dangers Of Straight-Line Winds

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 6/11 11:58 pm
A large tree in Patricia Hay's backyard was uprooted by a severe thunderstorm that moved through Somerset Tuesday afternoon.

She was surprised to find out the tree was blown over by straight-line winds and not a tornado.

Hay said, "I guess that's what it was, but it's hard to believe the wind could do something like that."

ABC 36 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Jason Myers said some severe storms can create straight-line winds as powerful as a weak tornado.

The uprooted tree fell on a nearby trailer, causing significant damage.

Myers said, "Whether it's a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning, you always want to take shelter inside a substantial building, like a home."

The National Weather Service in Jackson says most of the damage Tuesday was caused by 60mph to 80mph winds.

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