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000 NOUS41 KBOX 081904 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-090400- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 304 PM EDT TUE JUL 8 2014 ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA... LOCATION...BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA DATE...JULY 7 2014 ESTIMATED TIME...540 PM EDT ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.50 MILE PATH LENGTH...2.5 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.50N / 71.28W ENDING LAT/LON...42.51N / 71.24W * FATALITIES...0 * INJURIES...0 * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. ...SUMMARY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED A MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA ON JULY 7 2014. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS AT APPROXIMATELY 540 TO 545 PM ON MONDAY JULY 7. WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT A VERY POWERFUL MICROBURST...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...CARVED A PATH ACROSS THE CENTER OF THE TOWN...WITH THE TREES BLOWN DOWN IN A NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST DIRECTION. THE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 90 TO 100 MPH. APPROXIMATELY 50 TO 70 TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. MOST OF THEM WERE HEALTHY PINE TREES THAT WERE 100 FEET TALL. THE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN...SNAPPED AT LEAST HALF WAY UP...OR UPROOTED. APPROXIMATELY 8 TREES FELL ONTO HOUSES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. ON HILLTOP DRIVE AND HEMLOCK LANE ALONE...MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PINE TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN. MANY OTHER TOWNS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SUFFERED WIND DAMAGE ON JULY 7TH AND...WHILE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SURVEY EVERY TOWN...IT IS LIKELY THAT ALL OF THE DAMAGE WAS FROM STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. THERE WERE NO EYEWITNESS REPORTS OF ANY TORNADOES. HOWEVER THERE WERE MANY IMAGES OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE A FUNNEL CLOUD IN THE MEDFORD AND MALDEN AREAS AROUND 6 PM. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BEDFORD PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR...FIRE CHIEF AND TOWN MANAGER FOR ASSISTING WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR SKYWARN AMATEUR RADIO COORDINATORS AND SPOTTERS FOR ALL OF YOUR TIMELY REPORTS AND PHOTOS. THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOX. FOR REFERENCE... A MICROBURST IS A SUDDEN DOWNRUSH OF AIR FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAUSING A CONCENTRATED DAMAGE SWATH THAT IS UP TO 2.5 MILES LONG. STRAIGHT LINE WINDS ARE GENERALLY ANY WIND THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ROTATION...USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM TORNADIC WINDS. $$ JWD/SR FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/US.NATIONALWEATHERSERVICE.BOSTON.GOV YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @NWSBOSTON

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