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92-mph wind gusts lash popular NC tourist spot. See video from Grandfather Mountain

Simone Jasper
·1 min read

Powerful winds swept across a North Carolina mountain, lashing plants and blowing snow into the air.

Video taken on Wednesday at Grandfather Mountain, a popular tourist spot, shows gusts swaying tree branches along an overlook. In the footage, wind can be heard ripping through the snow-covered site.

“BRB, inaugurating my face into 110+ mph winds,” Twitter user Billy Bowling wrote in a post that was distributed by Storyful.

While recorded wind gusts weren’t that strong, they did pack a punch.

N.C. Climate Office data show gusts at Grandfather Mountain reached 92.9 mph on Wednesday. That morning, National Weather Service forecasters said some mountain areas were off to a “very gusty start.”

It isn’t the first time strong winds battered Grandfather Mountain.

In February 2019, the site saw a record 121.3-mph wind gust — similar to the strength of a Category 3 hurricane, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Grandfather Mountain is roughly 70 miles northeast of Asheville.

Also in Western North Carolina, another scenic spot known for high winds marked a frigid anniversary on Thursday.

Mount Mitchell — the highest point in the eastern United States — dipped to 34 degrees below zero on Jan. 21, 1985. That’s the lowest temperature on record in North Carolina.