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124 mph gust sets new wind speed record on Grandfather Mountain

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Mile High Swinging Bridge (Helen Hopper/Grandfather Mountain)

AVERY COUNTY, N.C. — Sunday night’s high winds set a new record at the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

Around midnight, the weather station at the bridge recorded a three-second gust of 124 mph.

This blows away the record of 121.3 mph, which was set on Feb. 13.

There was a High Wind Warning in place at the time for much of western North Carolina.

Starting late Sunday evening, the mountain saw 16 consecutive hours of gusts higher than 100 mph.

Google Map for coordinates 36.095060 by -81.832256.

Mile High Swinging Bridge

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