When it comes to extreme weather, nothing sounds quite as menacing as a “bomb cyclone.” Known officially as explosive cyclogenesis, this sort of intense meteorological phenomena is mostly known for dishing out extremely high winds and heavy precipitation. In other words, this stuff is absolutely no joke.
Back in March 2019, states in the Midwest and the East Coast got hit particularly hard by a massive bomb cyclone. The effects of the cyclone were even felt in Amarillo, Texas, as amateur video captured by Blake Brown shows a semi truck getting completely toppled by gusts of powerful winds that reached as high as 80 MPH, according to the National Weather Service.
Later that day, Brown witnessed another accident caused by strong winds, this time involving a FedEx truck.
According to Marc Williams, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, these intense incidents of wind gusts blowing over semi trucks actually occurred fairly frequently throughout the day.
“One of several reported semi trucks blown over today with extremely high winds on Texas highways,” Williams tweeted. “Use caution in and around high profile vehicles across the north and western portions of the state. Watch out for debris as well. #DriveSafe.”
In a interview with People, a spokesperson from the Amarillo Police Department made it clear that no one was seriously injured as a result of the semi accidents.
“There were multiple trucks that were blown over due to the wind and several calls on broken light poles, trees that were uprooted, down power lines and damage to buildings,” the spokesperson said. “We were very blessed not to have any major injuries during that.”
This post was originally published on March 18, 2019.