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000 NOUS41 KBOX 291726 CCA PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-301715- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 113 PM EDT FRI MAY 29 2015 ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED IN CONWAY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY MAY 27... LOCATION...CONWAY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY MA DATE...MAY 27 2015 ESTIMATED TIME...626 PM EDT ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS PATH LENGTH...0.5 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.58N / 72.72W ENDING LAT/LON...42.58N / 72.71W * 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... BASED ON AN ASSESSMENT OF RADAR IMAGERY...DAMAGE PHOTOS...AND MEDIA REPORTS...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS DETERMINED THAT A MICROBURST OCCURRED IN THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE TOWN OF CONWAY MASSACHUSETTS. THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE... WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 80 MPH...OCCURRED IN A VERY SHORT PATH ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE IN LENGTH IN THE VICINITY OF BENT NAIL ROAD...JUST SOUTH OF THE DEERFIELD RIVER. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED MID-WAY UP. A SMALL SHED WAS DESTROYED AND THERE WAS MINOR DAMAGE TO A HOME. THIS OCCURRED BETWEEN 626 AND 627 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. DOWNED TREES AND WIRES ALSO WERE REPORTED FARTHER TO THE NORTHEAST OF THIS AREA IN SHELBURNE. WIND SPEEDS WERE LIKELY CLOSER TO 60 MPH IN THOSE AREAS. 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. IN THIS CASE...RADAR DID INDICATE SOME WEAK ROTATION ALOFT IN THE VICINITY OF NORTHERN CONWAY. THERE IS A LOW PROBABILITY THAT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY WEAK TORNADO EMBEDDED WITHIN THE MICROBURST...BUT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR THIS TO BE CONCLUDED. $$ FIELD 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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