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Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
1052 AM EDT TUE JUL 19 2016

...Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ Confirmed Near
Asbury in Franklin Township in Warren County, New Jersey...

Location...Asbury in Franklin Township in Warren County, New
Date...July 18, 2016
Estimated Time...330 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...65 MPH
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.704N / -75.014W
Ending Lat/Lon...40.704N / -75.014W
* 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.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has confirmed a
Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ near Asbury in Franklin
Township in Warren County, New Jersey on July 18, 2016.

The damage occurred to a farm located on Smith Lane. In
particular, a large barn on the Smith`s Farm collapsed and was
destroyed due to a sudden rush of strong winds. A review of the
radar data, pictures, and a video indicated that a microburst, or
downburst of straight-line winds, occurred. This impacted the
large barn at just the right angle (perpendicular), which resulted
in the barn being shifted some before completely collapsing. In
addition, nearby corn fields were pushed over some but not
flattened. There was also tree damage in the immediate vicinity,
with large limbs torn from some of the trees. Some other damage
included a grill that was blown over and power lines that were
downed. A small barn and a silo adjacent to the large barn however
were not damaged.

The presence of the corn fields pushed over some and other damage
blown in the same direction indicated that a microburst, or
straight-line winds, occurred at this location. The peak winds
within this microburst were estimated to be 65 mph.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly would like to thank
Warren County Emergency Management, storm spotters, and the
public for their assistance in the review of this event.

This information can also be found on our website at

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.


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