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New Hampshire Dealership Hit by Microburst?

September 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Strong winds tossed around RVs weighing more than 5,000 pounds in Bow, N.H., on Monday night (Sept. 5) in what meteorologists suspect might have been a microburst, WMUR-TV, Manchester reported.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a microburst struck City Auto Sales and RV about 7 p.m. Monday. RVs were pushed across the lot and into Route 3A.

“Some of these things were pushed up to 60, 70, 80, 90 yards,” said Lee Kimball of Bow Emergency Management. “Apparently, one got airborne and took out the three primary lines and snapped a pole before being dumped on the other side of the street.”

Six RVs were destroyed, and another six sustained damage. Employee Sara Burbee said the family business has seen storm damage before, but nothing like this.

“We’ve been in business for 80 years and nothing like this,” she said.

Kimball said he contacted the NWS, which said the damage could have been caused by a microburst, a sinking column of air that produces very strong straight-line winds. The amount of damage caused by a microburst can be similar to a tornado, but the pattern of damage is distinctive.

There were no injuries reported, and the damage was isolated to a small area. Power was knocked out to about 2,000 people and was restored a few hours later.

 

 

 

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