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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
230 PM EDT TUE JUN 28 2016

...Microburst Confirmed Near Birch River in Nicholas County West

Location... 2 miles SSW Birch River in Nicholas County WV
Estimated Time...5:50 AM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100 MPH
Maximum Path Width...1000 ft
Path Length...2000 ft
* 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 2 miles SSW of Birch River in Nicholas County
West Virginia on 6/23/2016.

A storm moved across the state of West Virginia during the pre-
dawn hours of Thursday June 23rd. It moved through the Birch River
area just before 6 am causing a localized, but significant, patch
of damage. A National Weather Service survey team found the damage
consistent with 80 to 100 mph winds. Many trees were snapped and
uprooted. Four wooden electrical transmission line poles were
snapped. A single family residence received roof damage consisting
of shingle removal and tree debris impaled into the roofing deck.
Several small yard items were also blown, including a dog kennel
which struck the resident`s car and a kayak blown to another
property 500 ft away. All damage and debris was scattered toward
the NNW and exhibited a slightly divergent pattern consistent with
a microburst.

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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