Severe Weather February 24, 2012


  PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
914 PM EST SAT FEB 25 2012




...MACROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
CAMBRIDGE IN DORCHESTER COUNTY MARYLAND...


LOCATION...CAMBRIDGE IN DORCHESTER COUNTY MARYLAND
DATE...FEBRUARY 24, 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...350 PM EST
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...2 1/2 MILES
PATH LENGTH...14 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.57N / 76.10W
ENDING LAT/LON...38.63N / 75.86W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE


* 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 WAKEFIELD VA HAS CONFIRMED A
MACROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ FROM CAMBRIDGE TO
SECRETARY...NEW MARKET AND HURLOCK IN DORCHESTER COUNTY MARYLAND ON
FEBRUARY 24, 2012.


A SEVERE LINE OF STORMS MOVED FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS DORCHESTER
COUNTY MARYLAND FROM 350 PM THROUGH 415 PM FEBRUARY 24, 2012. THE
FIRST AREAS OF DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM 5135 MAPLE DAM ROAD TO
PINTAIL POINT JUST WEST AND SOUTH OF CAMBRIDGE. ALONG MAPLE DAM
ROAD SEVERAL HOMES EXPERIENCED MINOR DAMAGE AND ONE HORSE STABLE
WAS DESTROYED ALONG WITH SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS. ONE HORSE SUFFERED
MINOR INJURIES. A LOCAL RESIDENT WHO HEARD THE WARNING MEASURED A 77
MPH WIND. THE WIND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN
DOWNTOWN CAMBRIDGE AND AT LEAST 2 HOMES WERE CONDEMNED DUE TO ROOF
DAMAGE. ROOFING MEMBRANES WERE PEELED OFF OF SEVERAL BUSINESSES
DOWNTOWN AND NUMEROUS WINDOWS WERE BLOWN IN. A TRACTOR TRAILER WAS
OVERTURNED WHILE DRIVING EAST ON THE SEN. MALKUS BRIDGE. WINDS IN
CAMBRIDGE AVERAGED BETWEEN 70 TO 85 MPH BASED ON TREE AND
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.


THE SEVERE STORMS CONTINUED EAST ALONG THE RIVER THEN STRIKING
SECRETARY...NEW EAST MARKET AND HURLOCK. WIND DAMAGE WAS EVIDENT
ALONG THE ENTIRE STRETCH OF EAST NEW MARKET ROAD FROM NEAR HIGHWAY
50 TO SHILOH CHURCH ROAD. SEVERAL FARM BUILDINGS ALONG THE RIVER
ON GOOSE CREEK ROAD WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED. ALONG HIGHWAY 14 AND
HIGHWAY 16 NUMEROUS POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED AND TREES UPROOTED.
TWO BARNS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED TO DESTROYED ALONG EAST MARKET
HIGHWAY NEAR THOMPSONTOWN ROAD. NUMEROUS 2 FOOT DIAMETER PINES
WERE SNAPPED ALONG SHILOH CAMP ROAD ON OF WHICH FELL INTO A LARGE
BUILDING DESTROYING THE STRUCTURE. ALONG SHILOH CHURCH ROAD
NUMEROUS TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN AND TWENTY SEVEN POWER/TELEPHONE
POLES WERE SNAPPED. WIND SPEEDS AROUND SECRETARY AND EAST NEW
MARKET WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 85 MPH BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF TREE
AND POWER POLE DAMAGE. MINOR WIND DAMAGE CONTINUED INTO HURLOCK.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK DORCHESTER
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND MARYLAND STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR
ASSISTING WITH THE SURVEY.


THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/AKQ.


FOR REFERENCE...
A MACROBURST IS A CONVECTIVE DOWNDRAFT WITH AN AFFECTED OUTFLOW AREA
OF AT LEAST 2 1/2 MILES WIDE AND PEAK WINDS LASTING BETWEEN 5 AND
20 MINUTES. INTENSE MACROBURSTS MAY CAUSE TORNADO-FORCE 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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...MATHEWS COUNTY TORNADO SURVEY RESULTS...

LOCATION...BAVON VIRGINIA
DATE...FEB 24 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...625 PM TO 630 PM
EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED WIND SPEED...70 TO 80 MPH
PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS WIDE
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
INJURIES...0
DEATHS...0

...SUMMARY...
NWS STORM SURVEY DETERMINED THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A EF0
TORNADO. THE TORNADO BEGAN AT WHITE CEMETERY AND MOVED EAST-NORTHEAST
BY THE DAVIS ROAD MARINA AND ENDED ON ROUTE 14 JUST NORTH OF BAVON.
AT LEAST TWO TREES WERE DOWNED AND A NUMBER OF TREES HAD BRANCHES
AND LIMBS BROKEN OFF. SEVERAL BUILDINGS HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE AND AN
OLDER BUILDING BY THE MARINA HAD DAMAGE TO A WALL.

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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
509 AM EST SAT FEB 25 2012

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0351 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CAMBRIDGE               38.56N  76.08W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TREE DOWN AT 348 RADIANCE DR

0351 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CAMBRIDGE               38.56N  76.08W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TREE DOWN AT 348 RADIANCE DR.

0351 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CAMBRIDGE               38.56N  76.08W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TREE DOWN AT 348 RADIANCE DR

0400 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CAMBRIDGE               38.56N  76.08W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   911 CALL CENTER

            WIDESPREAD TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS CAMBRIDGE.
            SOME POWER POLES SNAPPED.

0400 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CAMBRIDGE               38.56N  76.08W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   911 CALL CENTER

            WIDESPREAD TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS THE AREA.
            SOME POWER POLES ARE SNAPPED.

0400 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HURLOCK                 38.62N  75.85W
02/24/2012                   DORCHESTER         MD   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AND POLES SNAPPED NEAR MILES
            CIRCLE.

0430 PM     HAIL             1 ENE WINTERPOCK        37.35N  77.71W
02/24/2012  E1.00 INCH       CHESTERFIELD       VA   PUBLIC

            HAIL COVERING THE GROUND QUALA AND SPRING RUN

0444 PM     HAIL             CHESTERFIELD            37.38N  77.51W
02/24/2012  E1.00 INCH       CHESTERFIELD       VA   PUBLIC

            1 INCH HAIL REPORTED AT THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY AIRPORT

0445 PM     HAIL             1 S BROOKBURY           37.45N  77.49W
02/24/2012  M1.75 INCH       CHESTERFIELD       VA   PUBLIC

            GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL REPORTED AT CHIPPENHAM AND RTE 10

0448 PM     HAIL             RICHMOND                37.50N  77.33W
02/24/2012  M1.50 INCH       HENRICO            VA   ASOS

            1.25 TO 1.5 INCH HAIL REPORTED BY OBSERVER

0554 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 2 WNW HACKSNECK         37.65N  75.90W
02/24/2012  M43 MPH          ANZ630             VA   BUOY

            37KT GUST AT ONANCOCK WEATHERFLOW SITE X198

0612 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 5 ESE MARYUS            37.25N  76.33W
02/24/2012  M40 MPH          ANZ632             VA   MESONET

            YORK RIVER EAST REAR RANGE LIGHT MESONET

0625 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BAVON                   37.33N  76.29W
02/24/2012                   MATHEWS            VA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE IN THE THE DAVIS CREEK
            AND MARINA AREA.