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How Powerful Are Microburst Storms? These Planes Take off Without Pilots

A microburst is a sudden, powerful, localized air current—especially a downdraft.

But they can’t be that powerful, can they? Just watch what happens to these unmanned planes.

It’s kind of ironic that the tow planes for the gliders in the video were the aircraft being lifted by the microburst storm. Really – they are that powerful.

Microburst winds can reach up to 100 miles per hour—or more. That’s equivalent to an EF-1 tornado. The winds can level trees and do severe damage to homes. So, if there’s a threat of microbursts in your area, take it seriously.

They’ll do more than lift you in the air.

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How Powerful Are Microburst Storms? These Planes Take off Without Pilots