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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Federal disaster mitigation spending provides substantial returns for at-risk states and communities, in some cases nearly $7 in avoided disaster costs for every $1 spent before a flood, fire, windstorm or earthquake strikes. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Some Disaster Prevention Spending Reaps Higher Rewards," 24 June 2019 Other parts of the state were hit by similarly strong windstorms that day and damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Sleeping Giant State Park, damaged by tornado, to reopen Friday," 13 June 2019 Castle said the flooding cleanup was coming to an end when the windstorm struck. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Wind damage forces Brazos Bend State Park to close through July 1," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of windstorm

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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