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Seneca Falls storm damage survey (5-30-12)

Strong thunderstorms affected central New York Tuesday, May 29th. The most significant damage occurred around the Seneca Falls area. What follows is the damage survey from the National Weather Service in Binghamton
...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED IN SENECA
COUNTY AND PORTIONS OF CAYUGA COUNTY NEW YORK... 
LOCATION...FAYETTE IN SENECA COUNTY NEW YORK
DATE...MAY 29TH 2012
ESTIMATED TIME...0127 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...2 MILES
PATH LENGTH...11 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.84/-76.91
ENDING LAT/LON...42.93/-76.73
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...1
 
* 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 BINGHAMTON, NY HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR FAYETTE IN SENECA COUNTY
NEW YORK ON MAY 29TH 2012.
 
THE PATH OF THE STORM STARTED ALONG ROUTE 96A IN THE TOWN OF
FAYETTE...JUST EAST OF SENECA LAKE. HERE A BARN WAS DESTROYED WITH
ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 80 TO 90 MPH. SCATTERED DAMAGE CONTINUED
TO THE NORTHEAST THROUGH THE TOWN OF FAYETTE ACROSS ROUTE 96 NEAR
CHRISTLER ROAD. HERE A TRACTOR TRAILER WAS BLOWN OFF THE ROAD AS
IT WAS TRAVELING ALONG ROUTE 96. THIS IS WHERE THE 1 INJURY
OCCURRED. PARTIAL ROOF DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO A BARN...WITH
SIGNIFICANT HAIL DAMAGE TO THE WEST SIDE OF A HOUSE...DUE TO THE
HIGH WIND SPEEDS. ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS IN THIS AREA WERE BETWEEN
70 AND 80 MPH.
 
A SCATTERED PATH OF DAMAGE CONTINUED NORTHEAST THROUGH SENECA
FALLS AND ACROSS CAYUGA LAKE INTO THE TOWN OF AURELIUS. NUMEROUS
TREE BRANCHES WERE DOWN THROUGHOUT THESE AREAS WITH WINDS
GENERALLY AROUND 60 MPH. JUST EAST OF CAYUGA LAKE IN THE TOWN OF
AURELIUS ALONG ROUTE 90 SOME ISOLATED AREAS HAD UPROOTED TREES. IN
THESE AREAS WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 70 AND 80 MPH.
 
THE PATTERN OF DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A MICROBURST IN THAT THE
DAMAGE OF THE TREES WAS LAYED OUT IN A DIVERGENT OR A FAN SHAPED
PATTERN.
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BGM.
 
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/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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