• 124 mph wind gust at Grandfather Mountain breaks record set 2 weeks earlier


    LINVILLE, N.C. - Officials with Grandfather Mountain in Linville reported seeing the mountain’s strongest wind gust ever overnight, breaking the previous record which had just been set a mere two weeks earlier.

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    Around midnight, the park’s weather recording station at the Mile High Swing Bridge clocked a three-second gust of 124 mph, breaking the record of 121.3 mph set on Feb. 13.

    Before the latest record-breaking gusts, the mountain’s previous record of 120.7 mph was recorded on Dec. 21, 2012.

    Sustained wind gusts continued to top 100 mph throughout the morning.

    “We were really surprised by the high winds overnight,” Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, said in a statement earlier this month. “We exceeded our all-time record, and, fortunately, sustained no damage to the park.”

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    The gusts were recorded by the nonprofit park’s weather recording station at the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

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