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Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
511 PM EDT Fri Aug 2 2019

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
WALSTONBURG IN GREENE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA...

Location...Walstonburg in Greene County North Carolina
Date...August 1, 2019
Estimated Time...6:38 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 to 85 MPH
Maximum Path Width...1.5 miles
Path Length...2.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...35.59N / 77.72W
Ending lat/Lon...35.56N / 77.75W
* 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 Newport/Morehead City NC has confirmed
a Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ near Walstonburg in Greene
County North Carolina on August 1, 2019.

Reports from the area indicate that several structures received roof
damage and minor damage to siding. Additionally, several trees were
snapped at the trunk with widespread minor tree and limb damage in the
area. Damage was primarily observed in the areas of Howell Swamp Church
Road, Speights Bridge Road, and Appie Road.  Most of the damage supported
wind speeds around 75 MPH.  A few softwood (pine) trees were snapped toward
the base.  This was near an open field and here the maximum estimated winds
of 85 MPH were found.

We extend appreciation to Greene County Emergency Services for their
assistance in this survey.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/Newport.

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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Barnes



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