Massive wind gusts have been the topic of the week. That said, the weather phenomenon resulted in dozens of deaths across the American Midwest on Wednesday. Now, on the other side of the globe, five children tragically died when a single strong gust of wind blew their bouncy castle airborne and dropped them from about 33 feet above the ground.
According to the New York Post, five children were killed and five others injured during the Thursday incident which took place at Hillcrest primary school in northern Tasmania. The students were participating in celebrations prior to the conclusion of the last week of classes before Christmas break according to police.
The crushing tragedy clashed with the sunny, early summer day, which local forecasters stated would only experience “light winds.”
In response to the horrific event, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “Young children on a fun day out, together with their families and it turns into such a horrific tragedy, at this time of year, it just breaks your heart.”
As per the outlet, all of the victims were in sixth grade.
Additionally, five other students survived but sustained injuries, four in critical condition with the remaining student left in serious condition.
To make matters worse, some parents who were volunteering at the event witnessed the incredible tragedy.
Historic Wind Gust Event Puts 86 Million Americans On Alert
Back on our turf, Americans across the country experienced a historic wind gust event Wednesday. The national phenomenon saw 86 million Americans receive an extreme wind advisory. As a result, schools nationally were forced to close and hundreds of flights became grounded.
Across the country, wind gusts reached anywhere from 80 to 100 miles per hour. In events such as these, household objects and recreational structures, including trampolines and bouncy houses, can become airborne. In certain instances, they can cause major destruction in crowded areas depending on the object’s point of touchdown.
Additionally, Kansas and Texas saw a multitude of destruction. Reports highlight downed power lines, toppled trees, and more than a few overturned semis after enduring 90-mile-per-hour winds.
Soon enough, the major wind gusts were accompanied by other weather patterns. Americans reported seeing 13 potential tornadoes between Nebraska and Iowa alone. Meanwhile, as Colorado grounded hundreds of flights, an image published by Fox News captured a massive cloud of dust bowling over areas of Niwot, CO.
The dust clouds themselves present a danger all their own as regions across the country reported near-zero visibility. The National Weather Service, kept busy by the week’s seemingly endless natural disasters, reported conditions resulting from the dust clouds termed both “dangerous” and even “life-threatening.”
The historic wind gust event preceded other unusual weather phenomenon. These include earthquakes in Kansas and winter weather conditions in Minnesota.