What are straight-line winds?

Straight line winds are damaging winds from a severe thunderstorm. As their name suggests, the winds generally blow in a straight line (or in one direction), so all the damage will be done in the same direction.

That is different from tornadoes, which have circular winds as a result of their tight rotation. Damage from a tornado can be spread out in all different directions.

Straight line winds can be as strong as 50 to 100 miles-per-hour, and can be just as destructive as many tornadoes. In fact, the damage is usually more widespread from straight line winds than from tornadoes, since tornadoes usually carve a very narrow path in terms of width and length.

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