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NOUS41 KRLX 071915  
PNSRLX  
OHZ076-072315-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV  
315 PM EDT FRI APR 7 2017  
 
...MICROBURST DAMAGE CONFIRMED NEAR LITTLE HOCKING IN WASHINGTON  
COUNTY OHIO...  
 
LOCATION...LITTLE HOCKING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, OHIO  
DATE...APRIL 5 2017  
ESTIMATED TIME...1005 PM EDT  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80-90 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...330 YARDS  
PATH LENGTH...2.5 MILES  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.299N / 81.774W  
ENDING LAT/LON...39.305N / 81.734W  
* FATALITIES...0  
* INJURIES...0  
 
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN  
NWS STORM DATA.  
   
..SUMMARY
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON WV HAS CONFIRMED A  
MICROBURST NEAR LITTLE HOCKING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, OHIO ON  
APRIL 5 2017.  
 
THE START OF DAMAGE FROM THE MICROBURST CONSISTED OF SEVERAL  
TREES DOWN NEAR WILDWOOD LAKE ROAD. A HOUSE ALONG WILDWOOD LAKE  
ROAD HAD ITS PORCH ROOF RIPPED OFF, WHICH WAS THEN THROWN OVER THE  
HOUSE AND LANDED IN THE ROAD. THE MICROBURST WINDS THEN CONTINUED  
TO THE NORTHEAST, WHERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TREES WERE FOUND. THE  
TREES WERE GENERALLY SNAPPED 15-20 FEET OFF THE GROUND. AS THE  
STORM APPROACHED WELCH ROAD (ROUTE 111) IT DAMAGED A LEAN- TO TYPE  
MACHINE SHED. MOST OF THE TIN ROOF WAS RIPPED FROM THE SHED AND  
FELL BEHIND IT. BOTH THE PORCH AND SHED WERE OPEN TO THE  
SOUTHWEST, WHICH ALLOWED THE WIND DIRECT ENTRY WITH NO EASY EXIT.  
 
THE PATH OF THE MICROBURST THEN CONTINUED ACROSS WELCH ROAD  
TOWARDS ROUTE 555 WHERE ANOTHER PORCH AWNING WAS RIPPED FROM A  
HOUSE. MULTIPLE TREES WERE ALSO DAMAGED IN THIS AREA, WHICH FELL  
ONTO POWER AND PHONE LINES.  
 
THE FINAL DAMAGE WAS FOUND DIRECTLY TO THE EAST ALONG CAVE HILL  
ROAD, WHERE SEVERAL MORE TREES WERE DOWNED.  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/RLX.  
 
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 AND  
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.  
 

 
 
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