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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 2:50 PM EDT on July 29, 2014


... Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed 6 WNW Conway
in Horry County South Carolina...

Location... 6 WNW Conway in Horry County South Carolina
date... July 28 2014
estimated time... 525 PM EDT to 530 PM EDT
estimated maximum wind speed... 75 mph
maximum path width... 1.8 miles
miles path length... 2.3 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 33.8727n / -79.1595w
ending lat/Lon... 33.8512n / -79.1277w
* fatalities... none
* injuries... 6 minor that were quickly released from the hospital

* 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 Wilmington NC has confirmed a
microburst /straight line wind damage/ approximately 6 miles WNW
of Conway in Horry County South Carolina on July 28 2014.

The microburst began between Juniper Bay Road and Four Mile Road
causing scattered tree damage. A nearby trailer park along Sleepy
Hollow Lane suffered primarily minor damage to a couple
structures. A tree in the Mobile park was uprooted and fell onto a
Mobile home. There were several large trees uprooted in this area.
As the strong winds moved to the southeast they created significant
damage to a Mobile home along singing Pine Road. The Mobile home
in this area had its metal roof lifted completely from the
structure. The roof was poorly secured... however... surrounding
large uprooted hardwoods indicated 75 mph winds along signing Pine
Road and nearby old Railroad Road. The microburst weakened as it
progressed toward wakeside... Juniper Bay... and Dunn short cut
roads causing large limbs and several uprooted trees. The ground
was very saturated and almost all of the uprooted trees were
hardwoods.

Another area of straight line winds was observed north of the main
microburst located along Faith drive and Grace drive. There was shingle
damage to a couple homes with largely weaker ornamental trees
snapped. It was determined that this smaller area of damaging
winds received gusts to 60 mph.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.Gov/ilm.

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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