On July 26, Wuhan issued a thunderstorm and wind warning with local gusts reaching level 12. Many citizens were awakened by the whirring of the wind at midnight. They posted a series of videos on the Internet showing strong howling winds sweeping over their homes.
One of the video’s owners on Weibo says: “Today’s weather disaster filmed in Wuhan. How many people were woken up by the wind in the morning?”
Another netizen’s footage showed that the storm made whining and the trees were dragged in all directions. The strong wind blew some branches off and scattered them on the ground.
Many netizens recalled how strong the wind was. One of them commented: “I felt it from on the far side. The wind hit the hotel door with a bang in the early morning. I thought someone was breaking the door. It took a lot of effort to close the corridor windows.”
Another said, “It woke me up in the middle of the night with its rattling and scared me to death.”
The Central Meteorological Observatory warned that hail, strong winds, and thunderstorms will likely occur.
In addition to Wuhan, Hubei and many places in Henan also experienced thunderstorms and strong gales above level 8.