Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
243 PM EDT FRI MAY 22 2015

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
WARSAW IN DUPLIN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...WARSAW IN DUPLIN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...MAY 21, 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...400 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.01N/78.07W
ENDING LAT/LON...35.01N/78.06W
* 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 NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED
A MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR WARSAW IN DUPLIN COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA ON MAY 21, 2015.

A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED EAST ALONG WARDS BRIDGE ROAD
EAST OF WARSAW AROUND 4 PM EDT ON MAY 21, 2015. A FEW LARGE PINE
AND OAK TREES WERE SNAPPED A FEW FEET ABOVE GROUND, WITH SEVERAL
LARGE LIMBS BROKEN OFF TREES ALONG THE PATH. ONE TREE FELL ACROSS
THE FRONT OF A HOME CAUSING DAMAGE. ONE BARN AWNING AND PART OF
THE ROOF WAS RIPPED OF AND LOFTED INTO A NEARBY FIELD, THOUGH THE
BARN WAS NOT STRUCTURALLY SOUND. TREE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH
80-90 MPH WIND GUSTS.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/MHX.

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/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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DAG/BVM


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