wind·​storm | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Definition of windstorm

: a storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation

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The company reported that one of its high-voltage transmission lines might have become dislodged during a windstorm and malfunctioned about 15 minutes before the fire began. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Prepares for Bankruptcy Amid Wildfire Fallout," 14 Jan. 2019 Before his death, Norman was sharing Facebook posts marveling at the local effects of the windstorm that battered the Washington region Friday. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Maryland state Sen. Wayne Norman dies suddenly at 62," 4 Mar. 2018 Here's how DTE Energy reacted to the record metro Detroit power outage after a March windstorm. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan probes DTE handling of outages, Detroit woman's death," 17 May 2018 Although it may be overshadowed in Washington’s weather memory by Friday’s ferocious windstorm, our February nevertheless finished with many meteorological distinctions. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "February: the warmth before the WIND," 2 Mar. 2018 Players are often forced to push past each other in narrow walkways or fight conveyor belts and windstorms just to simply maintain their position. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake," 7 Aug. 2018 Since igniting in a windstorm last Thursday, the Camp Fire has killed 48 people and destroyed 8,817 homes and businesses mostly in the city of Paradise, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Hunt for Bodies Expands in Northern California as a Southern Blaze Is Largely Contained," 13 Nov. 2018 The area was blocked off with caution tape, according to DTE Energy, whose crews found the woman's body after arriving to the alley for repairs following the earlier windstorm. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan probes DTE handling of outages, Detroit woman's death," 17 May 2018 All insurers offer hurricane deductibles on the windstorm portions of their policies of $500, or a percentage of the policy’s structure limit. Ron Hurtibise,, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windstorm

: a storm that has very strong winds and usually very little rain or snow


wind·​storm | \ ˈwind-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of windstorm

: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

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