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NOUS42 KILM 151530

National Weather Service WILMINGTON NC
1130 AM EDT Wed May 15 2019


Location...Burgaw in Pender County NC
Date...May 12, 2019
Estimated Time...3:20 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 mph
Maximum Path Width....0.75 miles
Path Length...2.0 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...34.5465 / -77.9384
Ending Lat/Lon...34.5654 / -77.9072
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

A microburst caused wind damage in and around the city
of Burgaw. A closed lumber yard building sustained damage in which
the tin doors were blown in and the winds tore off tin roofing. Also,
several rafters of this old facility were broke near the intersection
of Wallace and Dudley Streets. Just west of this building
at the North Carolina Department of Transportation facility four,
48" aluminum culverts were lifted and moved several yards onto the side
of Wallace road near North Smith Street. On the other side of the closed
lumber yard, a power pole on N Dudley St was damaged and leaning towards
the east.

Widespread damage to trees was observed with many 4 to 6" softwood and
a few hardwood tree branches snapped. The largest branches were seen
on the grounds of the Pender County Courthouse. Also, a large 36"
diameter pine tree was uprooted near the intersection of McCullen and
Fremont Streets.

The overall damage reflected maximum winds of 75 mph mainly along and
near Wallace Road with widespread 60 mph winds across much of Burgaw.

Also, several people indicated that 3/4" hail was observed during the

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.


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