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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
132 PM EST Mon Jan 13 2020

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

*** Damage Survey Conducted by NWS Blacksburg Concludes Straight Line
 Wind Damage in Smyth County Virginia ***

A survey team from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg,
Virginia concluded today that several areas of damage across
Smyth County Virginia were all the result of straight line winds
from thunderstorms that moved through the region Saturday
evening, January 11.

Several locations, from near Marion to Chilhowie to near
Saltville, experienced numerous snapped and uprooted trees,
several of which fell onto homes. In addition, a few outbuildings
and barns were destroyed in the Chilhowie area. No injuries were
reported. All damage was consistent with straight line winds
as there were no signs of rotation in the damage patterns. Maximum
wind speeds were estimated to be in the 75-80 mph range.

The National Weather Service wishes to extend gratitude to both Smyth
County Emergency Management and Region 4 of the Virginia
Department of Emergency Management for assistance with this
survey.

$$

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