While high winds are commonly associated with severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and nor'easters, they may also occur as a result of differences in air pressures, such as when a cold front passes across the area.
High winds can cause downed trees and power lines, flying debris and building collapses, which may lead to power outages, transportation disruptions, damage to buildings and vehicles, and serious injury.
64 - 72 mph (violent storm): very rarely experienced; widespread structural damage; roofing peels off buildings; windows broken; mobile homes overturned.
72 + mph (hurricane): widespread structural damage; roofs torn off homes; weak buildings and mobile homes destroyed; large trees uprooted. See the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale for additional information.
Know What to Do
Take steps to be prepared for high winds and possible power outages:
Make sure cell phone batteries are charged, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.
Always stay clear of downed power lines.
If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage.
Do not use generators indoors.
If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 911.