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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1104 AM CDT Thu May 25 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/23/2017 SEALY THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...Severe thunderstorms moved rapidly across Southeast Texas Tuesday
evening.  The strongest of these cores moved over and just south of Sealy, TX
just before 7 pm, and produced significant wind damage to trees, structures
and utility poles.  A survey team examined the damage, radar imagery, as well
as videos and photos of the storm yesterday, and concluded the event was a
very intense, wet microburst with winds that may have exceeded 80-100 mph. The
most significant damage and winds began along or just northwest of I-10 a few miles
west of Sealy and moved in an approximate 2 mile wide swath south of I-10 towards
TX Highway 36. These wind speeds are equivalent of an EF1 tornado, except they
were more straight-line associated with a downburst.  Winds of this magnitude
are rare in downbursts, but not unprecedented.

Evans

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