Throughout the day on Wednesday, February 14, powerful and destructive winds blew across Colorado’s Front Range. These winds were tracked at speeds close to 60 miles per hour
near Monument, Colorado – a town outside of Colorado Springs that is located at an elevation of 6,975 feet. For comparison, a hurricane must have a wind speed of at least
74 miles per hour, while a low-level tornado can range from
40 to 72 miles per hour.
Damage reported includes destroyed fences, downed tree limbs, and broken lawn furniture. The Colorado Department of Transportation felt the need to issue a warning via Twitter about the risks of driving high-profile vehicles or traveling with trailers.
It’s worth mentioning that this wind storm comes roughly a year and a month after a massive wind storm hit Colorado Springs. During the 2017 wind storm, wind speeds peaked at over 100 miles per hour. On par with a Class II hurricane, the 2017 storm flipped semi-trucks, covered streets with fallen trees, and caused widespread power outages.