Strong winds cause structural damage to Metro buildings
METRO—Wind Gusts up to 45 miles an hour in Fargo-Moorhead, have been causing both trouble and concern across the metro.
The wind has been causing some obvious damage downtown, a few exterior panels have fallen off here at the Radisson over the past couple of days.
The city has closed off this road in front of the hotel as a safety precaution.
It's more than structural damage to worry about there's some added danger that comes with this weather.
Although the winds across the metro haven't been enough to send anyone to Oz that doesn't mean it hasn't been difficult to dealt with.
The wind caused panels to fall off the side of the Radisson Hotel for a second time in two years causing part of the street to shut down, but these windy conditions also pose a threat.
"Weather is changing by the hour," said Ryan Erickson, Fargo Fire.
The National Weather Service issued a 'Red Flag' warning across Cass County throughout most of the day, which has put fire crews on high alert.
"It's a combination of everything. When you have a drop in humidity and the wind. Creates critical fire conditions. If it does start, it'll expand quickly which makes it difficult to put out," said Erickson.
In an urban area like Fargo it causes a concern with cigarette butts.
"Make sure you stub them out in ashtrays or sand. If they're sitting there smoldering. That's where our problem is," said Erickson.
Highway Patrol says drivers should drive with caution because the weather could cause somebody to lose control of their vehicle.
So whoever said Chicago was the Windy City probably has never come to Fargo.
Hotel Management says the Engineering Department is working on getting the panels replaced, but do not have an exact timeline when it will be finished.
The panels haven't been inspected yet to determine if there was another cause besides the wind.