EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Strong winds and large hail don’t usually gather as much attention as tornadoes when the thought of severe weather pops up, however they are just as dangerous.
Straight-line winds can do just as much damage and can knock trees onto cars, houses, and power lines. Most of the deaths from straight-line winds occur due to trees falling on people, whether they are outside, in their house, or even in their car.
Here are a few things you should do when a severe thunderstorm is expected to impact your location.
Most of the thunderstorm damage that occurs across southern New England is due to straight-line winds. It’s not often the area sees tornadoes however they can still occur.
The National Weather Service will issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for a storm that is expected to produce winds in excess of 58 miles per hour or hail larger than one inch in diameter.
If a warning is issued, you should seek shelter in the closest sturdy building for safety.
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