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000 NOUS41 KALY 192153 PNSALY CTZ001-013-MAZ001-025-NYZ032-033-038>043-047>054-058>061-063>066- 082>084-VTZ013>015-201000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY 553 PM EDT Mon Aug 19 2019 ...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS DOWNBURST IN MALTA, NY... LOCATION...MALTA, SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK DATE...AUGUST 18, 2019 ESTIMATED TIME...635 PM MAXIMUM EF SCALE RATING...N/A ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...0.75 MILE PATH LENGTH...1.7 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON NORTH...42.96/-73.82 BEGINNING LAT/LON SOUTH...42.95/-73.82 ENDING LAT/LON NORTH...42.96/-73.78 ENDING LAT/LON SOUTH...42.95/-73.78 * FATALITIES...0 * INJURIES...0 * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. ...SUMMARY... A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY OF IMPACTS FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THAT IMPACTED AREAS EITHER SIDE OF THE ADIRONDACK NORTHWAY BETWEEN EXITS 11 AND 12 LAST EVENING. THE TEAM CONFIRMED A MICROBURST OCCURRED IN AN AREA ROUGHLY BOUNDED BY RUHLE ROAD ON THE WEST AND ROUTE 9 ON THE EAST. THE AREA OF GREATEST DAMAGE - AND STRONGEST WINDS - WAS LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE NORTHWAY IN THE MALTA GARDENS AND WOODFIELD COMMUNITIES. HERE SEVERAL LARGE HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. SOME OF THESE TREES LANDED ON HOMES AND CARS. NO DIRECT WIND DAMAGE TO HOMES OR BUSINESSES WAS OBSERVED. BASED ON THE DEGREE OF DAMAGE, WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 90 MPH. WITHIN THE MICROBURST AREA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE NORTHWAY, A FEW TREES WERE DOWNED. WIND SPEEDS HERE WERE LESS, ON THE ORDER OF 70 MPH. FOR REFERENCE... A MICROBURST IS A THUNDERSTORM DOWNDRAFT WITH AN AFFECTED OUTFLOW AREA OF LESS THAN 2.5 MILES WIDE AND PEAK WINDS LASTING LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. MICROBURSTS OFTEN RESULT IN TREE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE. MICROBURSTS PRODUCE STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ARE ANY WINDS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ROTATION, USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM TORNADIC WINDS. $$ OKEEFE $$

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