A little girl in Ohio was almost blown away on March 8 when she tried to open the door to her house in Lyndhurst (video below).
Madison Gardner, 4, is seen on her parents' home surveillance video hanging on to her front door as the strong wind lifts her completely off the ground.
As she grabs the doorknob, the wind violently blows the door open. As Madison clings to the doorknob with just one hand, the wind lifts her into a vertical position, and as the door swings all the way open, her body disappears around the side of the house.
As her mother, Brittany Gardner, explained the moment in a Facebook post: "All I hear is 'Mommm!' So I looked back and she's pinned between the house and the glass door."
Fortunately, little Madison did not suffer any injuries from the unexpected ride. Her mother Brittany went into a little more detail on the experience in an interview with KFOR: "She is okay and laughing along with it! She was scared at first then was laughing away at it. She held on until I took her off the handle."
The video of Madison's short but exciting weather adventure was set to Frank Sinatra's classic "Come Fly with Me" and posted on March 9 to Facebook, where it quickly went viral with more than 124,000 views in under a day.
The wind that blew Madison up and away is defined by the National Weather Service as a "straight-line" wind. Straight-line winds are so named to differentiate their effects from those of tornados. According to the NWS, thunderstorm winds that end up being dangerous to people and buildings on the ground come from outflow generated by downdrafts from thunderstorms. Winds of over 50 to 60 miles per hour are officially categorized as "damaging winds," although very serious damaging winds can go up to 100 mph and cause havoc in a radius of hundreds of miles.
The NWS suggests that residents stay safe during a high wind warning or severe thunderstorm by entering a sturdy building and going into a basement or an interior room away from windows. Residents in mobile homes should attempt to get to sturdier shelter before the storm hits the area. All residents should follow NOAA Weather Radio or their local news stations to stay updated about information regarding the storm's path and strength.