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Microburst confirmed in Putnam storm damage

May. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- The National Weather Service has confirmed a microburst uprooted trees and damaged homes Wednesday in Putnam County.

The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Marina Park, a small neighborhood just north of W.Va. 34 in Teays Valley.

The National Weather Service made its determination Thursday morning, estimating that maximum winds reached 70 to 80 miles per hour. It affected an area 150 yards in width for three-tenths of a mile.

That was enough to destroy two mobile homes and damage five others, according to the statement. Several trees were blown down or uprooted, including one uprooted tree that turned a vehicle on its side. Two minor injuries were reported.

The microburst was part of a larger line of thunderstorms that moved through the region Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service defines a microburst as a convective downdraft with an affected outflow of less than 2.5 miles wide with peak winds lasting for less than 5 minutes. Such an event causes straight-line winds as opposed to the rotation of a tornado.

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