Atmore Wind Damage was a Downburst

Atmore Wind Damage was a Downburst

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Tree damage from thunderstorm downburst. Tree damage from thunderstorm downburst.
Atmore, ALA. A National Weather Service survey of the wind damage in Atmore on March 16, 2014,  judges it to be a downburst. A downburst is a burst of straight-line wind from a severe thunderstorm. In this case it was a very small and brief burst of wind so it is classified as a microburst. Downbursts are not unusual but this one was powerful. Here is the storm survey...

PEAK WIND ESTIMATED:    86 TO 110 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.5 MILES

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   0.6 MILE

FATALITIES:             NONE

INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             MARCH 16 2014

START TIME:             815 AM CDT

START LOCATION:         1.6 MILES SOUTH OF ATMORE, AL

START LAT/LON:          31.0013 / -87.4935

END DATE:               MARCH 16 2014

END TIME:               817 AM CDT

END LOCATION:           0.6 MILES EAST OF ATMORE, AL

END LAT/LON:            31.0220 / -87.4841

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM FOUND EVIDENCE CONSISTENT WITH DOWNBURST STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF ATMORE ALABAMA. MOST OF THE DAMAGE INDICATED THE STRONGEST WINDS BLOWING FROM THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST TO NORTH-NORTHEAST.

WINDS SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO RANGE FROM 86 TO 110 MPH...RESULTING IN NUMEROUS TREE DAMAGE...DOWNED POWER LINES...AND MINOR TO MODERATE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCUR ED AT THE BURKE OUTLET STORE NEAR THE STARTING POINT ON THE DOWNBURST. TWO HOMES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED DUE TO LARGE TREES FALLING INTO THEM.
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