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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
647 PM EDT THU JUL 23 2015

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
WILMINGTON IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

LOCATION...WILMINGTON IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...JULY 23 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...5:14 PM EDT - 5:17 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.9 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.2461N / -77.8807W
ENDING LAT/LON...34.2482N / -77.8684W
* 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.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR WILMINGTON IN NEW
HANOVER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON JULY 23 2015.

DAMAGE BEGAN ON THE PREMISES OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX NEAR HUNT
CLUB ROAD AND NEW CENTER DRIVE AND CONTINUED ACROSS MARKET STREET
TO JUST NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF MARKET STREET AND
COLLEGE ROAD. NUMEROUS BRANCHES FROM SIX TO TEN INCHES IN DIAMETER
WERE BROKEN FROM TREES...AND SEVERAL BUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE
RANGING FROM MINOR SHINGLE LOSS TO PARTIAL ROOF LOSS. A TWO FOOT
DIAMETER TREE WAS UPROOTED AND CRASHED THROUGH THE ROOF AND WINDOW
OF A SECOND STORY APARTMENT. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT
WITH WIND SPEEDS IN THE RANGE OF 75 TO 80 MPH...HOWEVER AS THE
MICROBURST CROSSED MARKET STREET...IT LIFTED A LARGE ROOFTOP HVAC
UNIT FROM BONEFISH GRILL AND DEPOSITED IT 30 YARDS AWAY ONTO
NEIGHBORING PROPERTY. THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF DAMAGE IS IN LINE
WITH A MAXIMUM WIND SPEED OF 90 MPH. DAMAGE CONTINUED EAST ALONG
MARKET STREET TO JUST BEYOND COLLEGE ROAD...WHERE A SMALL PORTION
OF THE ROOF OF BUILDERS FIRST SOURCE WAS LIFTED OFF.

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

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.

$$

DRH/CRM



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