Straight-line Winds – winds in excess of 50 MPH – are one of the most common wind hazards. While the speed threshold for straight-line winds is lower than other damaging winds, the wind bursts can cause significant damage to your property.
A storm that is capable of producing consistent straight-line winds of 58 mph or more and covers an area of more than 240 miles is known as a derecho. The storm’s dynamic straight-line winds can knock down trees and power lines, possibly injuring people nearby, similar to the damage caused by tornadoes.
The HazardHub API can help property owners identify Straight-line Winds risk by accessing 27 years of historical data.