From the Journal News
"Weird wind event" lifts golf cart, traps golfers
(not the cart from this accident)
Strong winds at the Beekman Country Club in East Fishkill lifted a golf cart and knocked it over, injuring and briefly trapping two Westchester men as they started their game at the first tee, Sgt. Kevin Keefe of the East Fishkill police said.
The National Weather Service in Albany said a "dust devil" might be to blame.
Police received a report at 1:19 p.m. today of "a person pinned under a golf cart," Keefe said. When police arrived, the two golfers - one man was from Croton-On-Hudson, the other the Town of Cortlandt - had gotten out from under the golf cart.
Both men suffered minor head injuries and abrasions, Keefe said, but refused treatment before continuing with their golf game. The East Fishkill Rescue Squad also responded.
"According to witnesses and the two golfers, there was a funnel cloud," Keefe said. "What we had was, a weird little wind event, we'll call it."
National Weather Service meterologist Joe Villani said a "dust devll" might have flipped the golf cart.
Dry, clear conditions combined with wind and sunlight can cause "tiny little formations" that Villani likened to eddys, which can have "enough velocity to move objects." Villani added that dirt devils are common in the plains states and midwest.
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