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Microburst/Straight Line Wind Damage Confirmed near Falls and Newton Townships along the Wyoming-Lackawanna County Line in Pennsylvania

  • Location: Falls in Wyoming County Pennsylvania
  • Date: April 28, 2011
  • Estimated time: 520 AM EDT
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 80 MPH
  • Maximum path width: 100 yards
  • Path length: 1/4 mile
  • Beginning lat/lon: 41.49 N / 75.79 W
  • Ending lat/lon: 41.49 N / 75.79 W
  • Fatalities: None
  • Injuries: None
Summary

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a microburst/straight line wind damage near falls in Wyoming County Pennsylvania on April 28, 2011.

A microburst hit along the Wyoming-Lackawanna County line in Falls and Newton Townships. Most of the damage was to trees which were uprooted. A garage was partially collapsed by the wind with 1 garage door completely blown in. A home sustained some damage to the roof as many shingles were blown off.

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.

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in National Weather Service Storm Data.

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