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000 NOUS41 KBGM 051323 CCA PNSBGM NYZ056-051730- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON, NY 923 AM EDT FRI SEP 5 2014 ...STORM SURVEY IN TOWN OF CHENANGO CONFIRMS STRAIGHT LINE WINDS... A NWS METEOROLOGIST VISITED A SECTION OF THE TOWN OF CHENANGO BETWEEN UPPER FRONT STREET AND CHENANGO BRIDGE ROAD (RT 12A). THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS INTERSECTED BY JACOBS HIGHWAY...BISHOP...CARMICHAEL AND MERRILL ROADS. DAMAGE WAS CONFINED MAINLY TO TREES...AND STRUCTURES STRUCK BY LARGE FALLEN LIMBS. THE DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH LOCALLY ENHANCED STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY 50 TO 60 MPH. MOST TREES AND BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED OFF AT THE MID TO HIGH TRUNK LEVEL...BUT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF ROTATION. IT WAS NOTED THAT SEVERAL OF THE TREE GROVES IN THE AREA WERE AGING MIXED HARDWOODS AND SOFTWOODS WITH CANOPY HEIGHTS IN EXCESS OF 60 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. IT WAS LIKELY THAT THE DAMAGE WAS A RESULT OF ENHANCED WIND ACCELERATIONS SINKING INTO THE CHENANGO RIVER VALLEY FROM THE HIGHER TERRAIN JUST TO THE SOUTH (SMITH HILL)...CAUSING A WHIPPING AND SNAPPING EFFECT TO SOME OF THE TALLER TREES. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 AT APPROXIMATELY 8 PM. $$ JAB CORRECTED TO ADD DATE/TIME OF EVENT.

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