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That cause their maximum damages on the nation’s West Coast. For each catastrophic windstorm, the average loss is $115 million in the West climate region (California and Nevada) and $112 million in the Northwest region. In contrast, the average storm loss in the adjacent regions, the High Plains, is only $42 million. Windstorm catastrophes are most frequent in the Northeast, Central, Northwest, and West regions. Nationally, the average catastrophe loss is $90 million, and annually, the average nationwide loss from windstorm catastrophes is $283 million.
Buildings and homes are damaged. Roofs and siding are blown away, roofs become damaged from fallen trees, and windows are blown out. The national average annual losses from high wind damages to property is $311 million. Government. Local and state agencies often must clean up wind damages, particularly to trees, an unexpected cost. Badly damaged houses due to high winds in Kansas. 23 SUMMARY An assessment of many windstorms revealed that property losses began to occur when winds reached 60 mph and crop losses occurred when winds were 45 mph or higher.
The direction of the high wind gusts were not always aligned with the direction of the storm movement that generated the microbursts, and in two cases was 30 to 45 degrees to the right of the storm direction. S. that cause their maximum damages on the nation’s West Coast. For each catastrophic windstorm, the average loss is $115 million in the West climate region (California and Nevada) and $112 million in the Northwest region. In contrast, the average storm loss in the adjacent regions, the High Plains, is only $42 million.