Wind gusts as high as 70 mph rattled the northern and central Plains into Thursday evening.
As a result, there were plenty of downed tree limbs, flying debris and travel delays. Blowing dust and low visibility led to dangerous conditions on some area roadways over the High Plains.
For some areas, Thursday was the second, if not the third, day in a row of strong winds.
In drought areas, especially from portions of eastern Colorado to central Kansas and northern Oklahoma, the strong winds, combined with dry brush, caused several wildfires to explode, especially across western Nebraska.
A powerful storm will linger over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The strongest winds are occurring away from the center of the storm on its western and southern flank.
The good news is the storm causing the dangerous cross winds and travel difficulties will unwind Friday.
While it will still be rather blustery over portions of the Midwest, by the weekend, winds will come down to tranquil levels throughout the Plains and the Midwest.
Thumbnail image of the American flag flapping in the breeze by kkant1937 for Photos.com
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra is weakening and no longer a major hurricane but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
O'Fallon, MD (1990)
Strong downburst from a thunderstorm caused an apartment to collapse, injuring 25 people.
New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.
Second heavy snowfall in three days hits the region with 12 inches on the ground in NJ; 14 inches in NY; greatest November snow in New England since 1898.