Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Portland, ME

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000 NOUS41 KGYX 292250 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-300300- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 650 PM EDT WED JUL 29 2015 ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR ALBION IN KENNEBEC COUNTY MAINE... LOCATION...ALBION IN KENNEBEC COUNTY MAINE DATE...JULY 28 2015 ESTIMATED TIME...635 PM EDT ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.5 MILES PATH LENGTH...0.8 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...44.5498N 69.4223W ENDING LAT/LON...44.5387N 69.4186W * 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 GRAY ME HAS CONFIRMED A MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR ALBION IN KENNEBEC COUNTY MAINE ON JULY 28 2015. THE MICROBURST OCCURRED ALONG BOG ROAD IN ALBION JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION WITH ROUTE 9. WINDS FROM THE MICROBURST SNAPPED OR UPROOTED A COUPLE HUNDRED TREES ALONG THE PATH, TORE METAL ROOFING MATERIAL OFF SEVERAL BUILDINGS...AND BLEW OVER AND DEMOLISHED A CAMPER USED TO HOUSE CHICKENS. ABOUT 70 CHICKENS PERISHED IN THE STORM. THE MICROBURST WAS ACCOMPANIED BY WIND-DRIVEN HAIL UP TO 1-INCH IN DIAMETER WHICH CAUSED AN ESTIMATED $20,000 IN DAMAGES TO CROPS IN THE AREA. THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/GYX. 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. $$ JENSENIUS

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