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AccuWeather provides significant advance warning for Ohio Valley high wind event


During an end-of-December high wind event, AccuWeather helped business clients prepare and protect their people with advance warnings, which limited downtime and ensured employee safety.

Key Highlights

A strong storm moved across the Great Lakes with widespread winds of 55 mph and localized gusts to 70 mph

SkyGuard high wind warnings provided advance notice to clients in the area

In 2019, multiple construction crane accidents occurred due to high wind

Superior Accuracy

On a December morning, a strong storm moved across the Great Lakes with an associated cold front extending southward through the Ohio Valley.

As this front progressed quickly eastward, it led to widespread 55 mph winds with localized gusts to 70 mph. AccuWeather’s SkyGuard high wind warnings provided advance notice to several businesses in the area affected by this threatening wind event, protecting people and assets.

When it comes to severe weather threats, tornadoes are often top of mind, but few people think about the threat of straight-line winds. High winds exceeding 50-60 mph are classified as damaging winds and can present a multitude of life-threatening dangers and create widespread business disruption. In 2019 alone, multiple construction crane accidents occurred due to high winds, resulting in casualties and construction site damage. Since most straight-line winds result from thunderstorms, advance warning with start and stop times is critical for any business operating in a thunderstorm-prone area.

Just as important is having the right weather partner to help companies make decisions with confidence. AccuWeather For Business is renowned for Superior Accuracy over all other weather sources. Our clients stay ahead of the storm due to our pinpoint warnings and forecasts, operating with precision for every site in your operation.

Business continuity is key. Our meteorologists have the capability to end any weather warning as soon as the threat has ended. This provides clients the ability to limit downtime resulting in money-saving efficiencies. Don’t assume the winds will just blow by without incident - it takes just one severe weather event to cause major disruption. Investing in weather risk mitigation services with AccuWeather will help save lives and money, prevent accidents and reduce risk and liability.

Benefits of SkyGuard Warnings

  • Proactive, site-specific alerts offer advanced warning well before severe weather impacts occur
  • Alerts are delivered in a format that aligns with your organizational emergency management plan
  • All-clear notifications are delivered when a threat is over, minimizing weather-related downtime
  • Live one-on-one or group consultation is provided by our weather experts anytime, day or night
  • Warnings are delivered via notifications from the SkyGuard mobile app, available on Android and iOS

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