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000 NOUS41 KGYX 061058 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-061500- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Gray ME 658 AM EDT Mon Aug 6 2018 ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR GILMANTON IN BELKNAP COUNTY NEW HAMPSHIRE... Location...Gilmanton in Belknap County New Hampshire Date...August 3, 2018 Estimated Time...440 pm EDT Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80 mph Maximum Path Width...500 yards Path Length...1100 yards Beginning Lat/Lon...43.451N/-71.413 Ending lat/Lon...43.451N/-71.401 * 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 Gray ME has confirmed a Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ near Gilmanton in Belknap County New Hampshire on August 3, 2018. The microburst struck at about 4:40 pm in the area immediately around Sawyer Lake with the greatest observed damage along Woods Road on the west side of the lake and along Hemlock Drive on the east side of the lake. Numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted by the microburst with several homes or cottages damaged by falling trees. Residents in the area reported that very heavy rain and nickel-sized hail accompanied the strong winds. This information can also be found on our website at 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. $$ JENSENIUS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.