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Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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000 NOUS42 KMHX 270140 PNSMHX NCZ029-044>047-079>081-090>095-098-103-104-270545- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC 940 PM EDT THU MAR 26 2015 ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR FARMVILLE IN PITT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA... LOCATION...FARMVILLE IN PITT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA DATE...03/26/2015 ESTIMATED TIME...1106 AM EDT ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH LAT/LON...35.61N/77.56W * 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 NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC HAS CONFIRMED A MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR FARMVILLE IN PITT COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON 03/26/2015. SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED MODERATE TO SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE INCLUDING UPLIFT OF ROOFS, COLLAPSE OF GARAGE DOOR LEADING TO FOUNDATION DAMAGE, AND WINDOWS BLOWN OUT. ONE OUT BUILDING WITH NO FOUNDATION SUPPORT WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED IN HALF. DEBRIS WAS LOFTED AND REPORTEDLY CARRIED AS FAR AS 1 TO 2 MILES DOWNWIND. DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH HAVING 70-90 MPH WIND GUSTS. THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/MHX. 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. $$

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