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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
841 PM EDT THU JUL 31 2014

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
PLEASANT RUN IN TUCKER COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA...

LOCATION...PLEASANT RUN IN TUCKER COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
DATE...JULY 27 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...935 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105-110 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...225 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.75 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.03N / 79.72W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.02N / 79.70W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
  CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
  STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH PA HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR PLEASANT RUN IN
TUCKER COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON JULY 27 2014.

OVERALL...VERY LITTLE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO HOMES BUT EXTENSIVE
TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO HEALTHY HARDWOODS AND SOFTWOODS. DAMAGE
FIRST OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SHAVERS FORK ROAD AND
CHANNELS MILL ROAD. MORE THAN A DOZEN HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED
ABOUT HALF WAY UP ALONG BOTH SIDES OF SHAVERS FORK ROAD. AS THE
PATH MOVED EAST ADDITIONAL HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED...BUT
WERE MORE CONCENTRATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHANNELS MILL. THE
TREES FELL IN A DIVERGENT PATTERN...INDICATIVE OF STRAIGHT LINE
WIND DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE BECAME MORE SPORADIC FARTHER TO THE EAST
CONCLUDING NEAR THE WESTERN EDGE OF SHAVERS FORK.

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

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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