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Originally posted by deeprivergal
I'm on the east coast, but is hurricane force winds typical in the midwest this time of year?
(AP) -- Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Wednesday in the path of a long line of thunderstorms that stretched from Tennessee to the Great Lakes.
Wind gusted to 80 mph in Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday, and hail stones as big as softballs were reported in parts of Illinois, the National Weather Service said.
Full story HERE
[edit on 14-7-2004 by deeprivergal]
Well, I was near ground zero for this one, in east central Illinois. Tornadoes and powerful thunderstorms are common. Warning sirens were going off yesterday and I actually lost my power for about 10 hours. I'd say in an average year we see about 5 tornado warnings in my county. I've seen tornado warnings in the general area as early as mid-February, and as late as October, but they are most common in April, May, and June. Bottom line, hurricane-force winds in storms are fairly common.
Originally posted by kaoszero
I have to go with Eastern_Diamondback on this one. I live in southeastern Iowa, and it's really not that uncommon to have hail that large or winds that strong this time of year. I spent most of April, May, and about half of June hanging out in my grandmother's basement because of high winds and tornado warnings.