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000 NOUS41 KBOX 082004 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-090015- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 404 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 SEVERAL CARS ON THE ROADWAY. 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. $$ AED/EVT FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @NWSBOSTON

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