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NWS Pittsburgh Confirms Weather Event

August 1st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has confirmed a storm event in our region.

Sunday evening at 9:35 PM, storm damage was sustained in the Pleasant Run area of Tucker County, West Virginia.  According to the preliminary report, a microburst with straight line winds cut a path about 225 yards wide for a quarter mile.  Wind speed at the time has been estimated at 105-110 miles per hour.

Very little damage was observed to homes, but extensive tree damage was noted to healthy hardwoods and softwoods.  More than a dozen hardwood trees were snapped and as the storm moved to the east, additional hardwoods were uprooted as the storm approached the western edge of Shaver's Fork.

Straight line winds of this type usually last less than five minutes, and are not associated with the rotation found in a tornado.



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