Wind Gusts of 200 MPH Hit North Carolina

Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina experienced wind gusts of 200 MPH on Wednesday, breaking the old record of 195.5 set in 1997.

The winds were created by a strong storm system over the Northeast. That system pumped chilly air into the Carolinas and the rest of the eastern United States, allowing temperatures to fall into the lower and middle 20’s this morning. The low at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport today was 23 degrees, second-coldest this month behind a 22-degree reading Jan. 7.

Grandfather Mountain is about 100 miles from Charlotte.

The strongest wind in U.S. history was a 231 mph gust measured in 1934 at Mount Washington, N.H.

Grandfather Mountain Mover Mike

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