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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
540 PM EDT FRI JUN 17 2016

...Storm Surveys Conducted in Eastern West Virginia and Northern
Virginia...

Post-storm surveys were conducted Friday June 17 by a team from the
National Weather Service, Baltimore/Washington DC Weather Forecast
Office. Two areas of damage were surveyed revealing straight line
wind damage.

Morgan County, West Virginia...

Parts of northwest Morgan County, West Virginia, were surveyed.
The area included parts of the Town of Bath (Berkeley Springs), and
areas extending about 4 miles east of there toward New Hope.

Two residences in the Town of Bath suffered damage from falling
trees; one in the 300 block of Fairfax St, the other about 2 blocks
away on Independence St. From the town, damage was scattered over a
broad area extending from the town to New Hope. The width of where
damage occurred ranged from 1 to 2 miles wide.

Based upon the type of trees damaged, how they were damaged, it`s
estimated that top wind gusts during the storm ranged from 60 to 70
mph.

No concentrated one damage area or path of damage was noted during
the survey. The damage was consisted with a strong downburst of
winds from the thunderstorm that passed through the area just after
4 pm EDT on Thursday, June 16, 2016. There was likely several
downbursts that occurred with this one storm, as there appeared to
be a separate area of damage in and around the 4200 block of Spohrs
Rd. The storm also produced up to golf ball size hail in and around
Berkeley Springs, with ping-pong ball size hail reported at the 911
communications center in the Town of Bath.

Clarke County Virginia, near Mount Weather...

Around and including the Watermelon Park and Campground, there was
substantial wind damage and some hail damage noted by the NWS survey
team. The damaged area ran from the park, west along Locke`s Mill
Road, to the intersection with Parshall Road, and the residential
area adjacent to the north. The storm struck around 5:55 PM and
pushed an 70 to 80 mph wind gust across the damaged area. Winds blew
from the north northwest towards the Shenandoah River. Dozens of
trees and large branches were snapped and uprooted. Some
outbuildings had roof damage from the wind. In addition to the wind,
golf-ball sized hail pelted the area, denting some vehicles and
shredded leaves from the trees. Three eyewitnesses were interviewed.

As the storm moved across the river and moved up the mountain toward
Mt. Weather, it weakened. Less leaf litter and only isolated large
branches were noted downed in the heavily wooded hillside.

In addition to the two surveyed areas...
Martinsburg, West Virginia Area...

There were still pictures that were widely circulated on social
media from the Martinsburg area showing a lowered cloud from the
storm. However as of Friday late afternoon, the National Weather
Service had not received any wind damage reports from the
Martinsburg area.

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