The next time you get the urge to complain about a strong breeze messing up your fresh new hairstyle, watch this video of high winds ripping a tree from the ground in Colorado and thank your lucky stars that Mother Nature took it easy on you.
Posted by YouTuber crownvictoria719, the clip shows just a fraction of the damage done by hurricane-forced winds that tore through the Colorado Springs area recently, and it’s absolutely terrifying to witness. According to the Denver Post, the wind storm caused flight delays, toppled trees and overturned vehicles, left thousands without power, and resulted in school shutdowns.
The 33-second video shows the front yard of a home in the town of Security, Colorado, in which a large tree is precariously leaning. As the wind intensifies, the tree can no longer stand under the pressure and topples down, covering the sidewalk, its topmost branches protruding into the street.
The Gazette compared the wind speeds the area experienced to a category 2 hurricane, which the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies as sustained wind speeds between 96 and 110 mph.
While the winds aren’t the strongest the area has seen — that title belongs to a 201-mph gust that blew through Colorado in the winter of 1981 — this destructive wind storm is still being referred to as “brutal” and the widespread damage is evidence of its severity.
Nevertheless, this type of weather event is still utterly terrifying and our thoughts are with all of the people it impacted.