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Issued by NWS State College, PA

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1230 PM EST Mon Feb 27 2017

...Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed in
Lancaster County...

Location...Elizabeth, Clay and West Cocalico Township in
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Date...February 25, 2017
Estimated Time...335 PM EST
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...70 to 90 mph
Maximum Path Width...0.5 miles
Path Length...9 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed a
Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ in Elizabeth, Clay and
West Cocalico Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on
February 25, 2017.

All damage surveyed was blown in a straight line from the
southwest (210 degrees) to the northeast. Numerous trees were
toppled and snapped, there was damage to roofing, siding and trim
on homes, and dozen or so farms sustained substainial damage to
barn roofs and silos. Some livestock was lost. County EMA is
estimating damages between 4 and 6 million dollars.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/StateCollege.

For reference...
A microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow
area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less
than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal and
vertical wind shears...which can adversely affect aircraft
performance and cause property damage. Straight-line winds are
generally any wind that is not associated with rotation...used
mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.

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BW/MD/CE



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