Severe winds topple trees and cause damage to the Triad
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A line of severe storms raced through the Triad Wednesday afternoon producing winds in excess of 60 mph, dime sized hail and very heavy rain. As quick as the storms rolled in they quickly moved out, but not before leaving a wake of damage in their path.
At 5:26 pm a wind gust of 61 mph was recorded at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. As a result of the severe winds numerous trees were reported down causing a resurgence of power outages across the area. The winds also flattened the swimming dome at Sherwood Swim Club in Greensboro.
The sky quickly cleared once the storms moved east, but windy conditions are expected to continue into the overnight. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the entire Triad until Midnight Wednesday night as wind gusts will remain elevated to between 35-45 mph. The foothills and mountains will experience even windier conditions with wind gusts potentially as high as 65 mph. A High Wind Warning is also in effect for the foothills and mountains until Midnight.
A man in Winston-Salem was killed when a tree that was uprooted by the storm fell onto his car.
According to 911 centers, there were lots of storm related calls most of them were to report trees and power lines being down.
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