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,
 Photos courtesy Darla Stemple, TC OEM Director
Photos courtesy Darla Stemple, TC OEM Director

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.

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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.