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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
434 PM EDT WED OCT 8 2014

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
EASTHAMPTON IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA...

LOCATION...EASTHAMPTON IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA
DATE...OCTOBER 8 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...453 AM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.25 MILE
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.25N / 72.65W
ENDING LAT/LON...42.25N / 72.65W
* 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 TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ IN EASTHAMPTON IN
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA ON OCTOBER 8 2014.

A THUNDERSTORM THAT PUSHED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING DROPPED A STRONG MICROBURST IN EASTHAMPTON
NEAR THE HOLYOKE LINE. THE MICROBURST BEGAN AT ABOUT 453 AM ON THE
WEST SIDE OF MOUNT TOM...AND MOVED FROM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST TO NORTH-
NORTHEAST ALONG THE EDGE OF THE RANGE. DUE TO ITS LOCATION ALONG
THE RANGE...WIND SPEEDS WERE INCREASED WHICH CAUSED A LARGE SWATH
OF TREES TO EITHER BE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. A LARGE AMOUNT OF TREES
COVERED ROUTE 141/MOUNTAIN ROAD...TRAPPING A FEW CARS ON THE
ROADWAY.

MOUNTAIN ROAD REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO THE NUMBER OF TREES DOWN ON THE
ROADWAY.  THE MAYOR OF EASTHAMPTON DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR
THE CITY.

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED THIS EVENING IF MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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

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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AED/EVT

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