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000 NOUS41 KCTP 232058 PNSCTP PAZ034-240100- Public Information Statement National Weather Service State College PA 458 PM EDT THU JUN 23 2016 ...Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed in Bedford County... Location...Bard in Bedford County Pennsylvania Date...06/16/2016 Estimated Time...255 PM EDT Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80 MPH Maximum Path Width...100 yards Path Length...1 mile * 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 State College PA has confirmed a Microburst near Bard in Bedford County Pennsylvania on 06/16/2016. A severe thunderstorm produced a microburst that began about 1 mile north of the town of Bard in Bedford County. Winds appeared to funnel south-southwest mainly along Route 96, between two north-south ridges situated immediately west and east of Route 96 in that area. Wind damage included sporadic trees being uprooted, and numerous other trees having large limbs snapped off. One home had a portion of a metal roof removed, while a second home had an open porch collapse. Finally, a small portion of the corner of a barn roof was peeled back. Witnesses also reported hail the size of a half dollar /1.25 inch/ as the storm moved through. Peak winds were estimated at 80 mph. There were no injuries or fatalities. This information can also be found on our website at 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 and 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. $$ PAJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.