U.S. records most hurricane-force gusts in a single day

More than 55 gusts of above 75 mph were recorded across a number of mostly Midwestern states.

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A moving truck falls over due to high winds in Lincoln, Nebraska, on December 15, 2021 in this still image obtained from a video.
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Dec 16 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday registered the highest number of hurricane-force gusts on record in a single day, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, days after one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.

More than 55 gusts of above 75 mph were recorded across a number of mostly Midwestern states, the NWS Storm Prediction Center said in a tweet, citing data up to 10 p.m. Central Time. The Center also registered 19 tornadoes.

Previously, in data going back to 2004, the most hurricane-force gusts in a single day was 53 on August 10, 2020, it said.

Wednesday's severe weather caused multiple power outages and disruption at Kansas City International Airport, and triggered reports of wildfires.

Seventy-four people died in Kentucky and 14 in nearby states after a tornado-riddled storm system swept through the region on Friday.


(Reporting by Shivam Patel in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet.)

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