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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Statement as of 9:03 PM EDT on May 02, 2016

Expires 10:00 PM EDT on May 02, 2016


Severe Thunderstorm Watch 138 remains in effect until 1000 PM EDT

NC
. North Carolina counties included are

Alexander Alleghany Ashe
Avery Buncombe Burke
Caldwell Caswell Catawba
Davie Iredell McDowell
Madison Mitchell Rockingham
Rowan Stokes Surry
Watauga Wilkes Yadkin
Yancey




Public Information Statement

Statement as of 5:02 PM EDT on May 02, 2016


... Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed near
Sugar Hill in McDowell County South Carolina...

Location... Sugar Hill in McDowell County North Carolina
date... 05/01/2016
estimated time... 555 PM EDT
estimated maximum wind speed... 80 mph
beginning lat/Lon... 35.606/-82.088
ending lat/Lon... 35.563/-82.051
* 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 Greenville-Spartanburg SC has
confirmed a microburst /straight line wind damage/ near Sugar
Hill in McDowell County South Carolina on 05/01/2016.

A series of microbursts impacted the Sugar Hill area Sunday
afternoon. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted... a few
of which fell on homes. Damage also occurred to several
outbuildings. A storm survey team determined that the damage
was due to straight line winds reaching 80 mph at times.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.Gov/gsp.

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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