Microburst/Straight Line Wind Damage Confirmed in Pheasant Run Area
Parsons, W. Va. – The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, Pa. has confirmed a Microburst/Straight Line Wind Damage in the Pheasant Run area of Tucker County,
At approximately 9:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, winds with an estimated speed of 105 – 110 mph passed through the Pheasant Run area of Tucker County. The winds left damages to a path of approximately 225 yards wide and a path of three quarters of a mile in length. According the the National Weather Service there were no fatalities or injuries.
A press release from the National Weather Service states ” Overall…very little damage was observed to homes but extensive tree damage was noted to healthy hardwoods and softwoods. Damage first occurred near the intersection of Shavers Fork Road and Channels Mill Road. More than a dozen hardwood trees were snapped about half way up along both sides of Shavers Fork Road. As the path moved east additional hardwood trees were uprooted…but were more concentrated on the south side of Channels Mill. The trees fell in a divergent pattern…indicative of straight line wind damage. The damage became more sporadic farther to the east concluding near the western edge of Shavers Fork.
This information can also be found on the website at weather.gov/pittsburgh.
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 five 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.