Watch: Extreme winds demolish a construction site

North Carolina went from record-breaking cold to record-breaking wind, all in one week

Published January 14, 2014 5:09PM (EST)

       (Screenshot, News & Observer)
(Screenshot, News & Observer)

North Carolina experienced a dramatic shift in weather over the weekend, with temperatures jumping from the single digits, during the polar vortex, to over 70 degrees on Saturday. Oh, and the winds: a record-breaking 86 mph gust was recorded nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport, its strength equivalent to that of a category 1 hurricane.

Ed Braz, a professional wildlife photographer, was in the right place at the right time to capture wind's power as it blew through Raleigh. His reaction is priceless:

No one was hurt in the building's collapse, although several others in the region were injured by falling trees. This week, to the relief of many, the weather's more or less back to normal.

h/t HuffPo

By Lindsay Abrams

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