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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:41 PM EDT on July 31, 2014

...Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed near Pleasant Run in Tucker County West Virginia...

Location...Pleasant Run in Tucker County West Virginia date...July 27 2014 estimated time...935 PM EDT estimated maximum wind speed...105-110 mph maximum path width...225 yards path length...0.75 miles beginning lat/Lon...39.03n / 79.72w ending lat/Lon...39.02n / 79.70w * 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... the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh PA has confirmed a microburst /straight line wind damage/ near Pleasant Run in Tucker County West Virginia on July 27 2014.

Overall...very little damage was observed to homes but extensive tree damage was noted to healthy hardwoods and softwoods. Damage first occurred near the intersection of Shavers Fork Road and channels Mill Road. More than a dozen Hardwood trees were snapped about Half Way up along both sides of Shavers Fork Road. As the path moved east additional Hardwood trees were uprooted...but were more concentrated on the south side of channels mill. The trees fell in a divergent pattern...indicative of straight line wind damage. The damage became more sporadic farther to the east concluding near the western edge of Shavers Fork.

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

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/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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