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Microburst/Straight Line Wind Damage Confirmed near Lehman in Luzerne County Pennsylvania

  • Location: Lehman in Luzerne County Pennsylvania
  • Date: April 28 2011
  • Estimated time: 455 AM EDT
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 95 MPH
  • Maximum path width: 500 yards
  • Path length: 1 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 41.31 N / 76.00 W
  • Ending lat/lon: 41.31 N / 75.98 W
  • Fatalities: None
  • Injuries: None

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

The damage was concentrated near market street to the west of the Huntsville Reservior. Numerous White Pine and Eastern Hemlock trees were snapped with a few uprooted. The width of the damage swath was about 500 yards with the damage path length about 1 mile.

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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