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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
315 PM EDT Fri Apr 7 2017

...Microburst Damage Confirmed Near Little Hocking in Washington
County Ohio...

Location...Little Hocking in Washington County, Ohio
Date...April 5 2017
Estimated Time...1005 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80-90 mph
Maximum Path Width...330 yards
Path Length...2.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.299N / 81.774W
Ending lat/Lon...39.305N / 81.734W
* 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 Charleston WV has confirmed a
Microburst near Little Hocking in Washington County, Ohio on
April 5 2017.

The start of damage from the microburst consisted of several
trees down near Wildwood Lake Road. A house along Wildwood Lake
Road had its porch roof ripped off, which was then thrown over the
house and landed in the road. The microburst winds then continued
to the northeast, where uprooted and snapped trees were found. The
trees were generally snapped 15-20 feet off the ground. As the
storm approached Welch Road (Route 111) it damaged a lean- to type
machine shed. Most of the tin roof was ripped from the shed and
fell behind it. Both the porch and shed were open to the
southwest, which allowed the wind direct entry with no easy exit.

The path of the microburst then continued across Welch Road
towards Route 555 where another porch awning was ripped from a
house. Multiple trees were also damaged in this area, which fell
onto power and phone lines.

The final damage was found directly to the east along Cave Hill
Road, where several more trees were downed.

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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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