Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 23, 2013

NWS confirms microburst in Teays Valley

Associated Press

HURRICANE — The National Weather Service says a storm that destroyed two mobile homes and injured two people in Teays Valley was a microburst.

The storm hit around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with estimated wind speeds between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

It cut a path about 150 yards wide and about a third of a mile long, primarily along Marina Drive.

The weather service said Thursday that the mobile homes were destroyed by trees uprooted or felled by the storm.. Five other mobile homes were damaged. One uprooted tree hit a vehicle and turned it on its side.

A microburst is sinking air in a thunderstorm with a scale of less than 2.5 miles. The weather service says microbursts can cause damage comparable to tornadoes.