I live in Central Ohio and had about an hour notice before the derecho roared into town. We were fortunate enough to not loose our power like so many
others had to endure.
Just returned from a beach in North Carolina where we experienced sustained winds of around 30 mph over the course of two days - never heard how high
the wind gusts were. We never heard anything in advance in the weather reports for windy conditions on the first day, but they did forecast windy
conditions for the second day. Sunny and hot both days with low humidity - around 30 to 40% during the day. Lifeguards were consistently warning
swimmers to come closer to shore and remain in waist deep water. Aircraft used for local advertisements were grounded. Sand was blowing on the beach
and umbrellas had to be closed.
Another strange thing that I've not personally seen: winds were strong enough that the water (beach front pool) was splashing outside of the pool. No
storms in the area during this time frame, and we had beautiful sunshine both days. Of course we've seen this during a storm, but the wind was so
sudden and absolutely crazy!
All week the lifeguards had "Aquatic Hazard" signs posted along the beach due to the rip current.
edit on 23-7-2012 by clook because: Add'tl
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