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Mount Washington Gets Hurricane Force 275 km/h Winds

Meteorologists say a wind speeds on Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest mountain, hit 171 mph (275 km/h), the highest since 1985. The winds are comparable to a category five hurricane.

The New Hampshire mountain is known for its extreme weather, February of 1972 had gusts up to 166 mph. Staff at the Mount Washington Observatory say the windows flexed from pressure changes.

Meteorologist Tom Padham described the winds as “a constant low rumble, at least to the building” to New Hampshire Public Radio. “Then outside, it is absolutely a deafening roar.” A 231-mph (371 km/h) gust on the 1,916-metre mountain in 1934 remains the highest wind speed ever observed.