Wind force is classified (Beaufort scale) by sustained wind, not gusts. Gusts, however, can exhibit symptoms of higher scale sustained wind.
Last weekend, the Salish Sea region experienced a Strong breeze (25-31 mph)–blowing debris, and High wind (32-38 mph)–hard to walk.
The Washington coast had Gale force wind (39-46 mph)–cars veer on road, and some areas of Strong wind (47-54 mph)–small trees blown over.
Storm wind (55-63 mph)–trees uprooted, and Violent storm (64-72 mph)–structural damage, would have wrecked houses.
Hurricane force wind (over 73 mph) would devastate everything.