High winds in Amarillo, Texas toppled semi-trucks

| March 20, 2019

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Last week, Oklahoma and Texas experienced some extreme weather – to put it mildly. There were high winds reaching sustained speeds of 67 miles per hour, and the highest wind gust clocked 84 miles per hour. The wind in Texas was so strong that it ripped trees from the ground, downed powerlines, blew roofs off of houses, and damaged buildings. It even toppled a few semi-trucks, this one among them. What happened? So, to explain a bit about how high winds can throw a semi-truck around: There’s a force called thrust, which is just a push, essentially. Because the sides of tractor trailers are so big and flat, they present an ideal surface for the thrust created by high winds to push against. The larger the truck is, the stronger that push is going to be – it has more area to work with. In some cases, that push is strong enough to tip a semi right off its wheels and onto its side, sending it crashing over in a terrifying display of Mother Nature’s power.

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