I never really thought severe winds were a problem until I started taking this class. I knew that severe winds were sometimes intertwined with tornadoes, but I did not know that there could be severe winds without a tornado. When I saw that this week’s forecast contained severe winds, I thought that this was a perfect subject for my blog.
This week there was predicted to be severe winds, but no one really could have predicted the outcome. In Washtenaw County, MI there were winds all the way up to 55 MPH. These winds occurred in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. The winds knocked over many power lines, it left many homes, over 100, without power that night. The power outages is a problem because it shorts a lot of people and puts the DTE people to work. Not to mention, the down power lines are very dangerous.
In the past there have been severe Wind Storm Warnings out across almost all of the state of Michigan. At times, the winds are predicted to get up to 70 mph. These winds can cause very large waves out in the water and the Coast Guard advised people to not go in the water.
Sometimes the severe winds can cause hail, and many times they are accompanied by storms, rain, with thunder and lightning. These are dangerous for obvious reasons. They can damage trees and houses and power lines as well.
There is no way to really prevent the severe winds from happening, but we can be more prepared for them. When severe wind storms are coming it is important to get furniture from outside stored in the house or garage, because they could be severely damaged. It is important to not go near the down power lines if that is that case. They can be very dangerous as well. If you are in an area with lots of severe winds then you do not want to build your house around lots of trees, because if they fall they can damage the house!