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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
502 PM EDT MON MAY 2 2016

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
SUGAR HILL IN MCDOWELL COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...SUGAR HILL IN MCDOWELL COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...05/01/2016
ESTIMATED TIME...555 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
BEGINNING LAT/LON...35.606/-82.088
ENDING LAT/LON...35.563/-82.051
* 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 GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC HAS
CONFIRMED A MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR SUGAR
HILL IN MCDOWELL COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA ON 05/01/2016.

A SERIES OF MICROBURSTS IMPACTED THE SUGAR HILL AREA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED...A FEW
OF WHICH FELL ON HOMES. DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED TO SEVERAL
OUTBUILDINGS. A STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE
WAS DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS REACHING 80 MPH AT TIMES.

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

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.

$$

SW/CH



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