A Tornado? Storm Survey Underway

Published 05/28 2014 10:30AM

Updated 05/28 2014 10:59AM

The white circle icon indicates hail, tree as wind damage, and 'wind' as a noteworthy gust
The white circle icon indicates hail, tree as wind damage, and 'wind' as a noteworthy gust/NOAA/NWS/GOOGLE
The National Weather Service is surveying wind damage to determine if a tornado actually touched down in Vermont Tuesday.

At this point, as of Wednesday morning that is, a tornado had not been confirmed. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning based on radar images. There were plenty of ground reports of wind damage in Bridport, Cornwall, Brandon, and Rutland, VT. A trained weather spotter reported a wind gust of 74 miles per hour. Now the team will determine if the wind damage was from straight line wind or tornadic circulations.

A team of meteorologists from the NWS-Burlington office left to tour Addison/Rutland counties Wednesday morning. They'll provide the media with an update in the afternoon regarding their findings.

The severe storm developed Tuesday afternoon, peaking in intensity during the 3 and 4 o'clock hours. The supercell traveled southeast along a boundary of colder air to the northeast colliding with the warm air across southwest VT. The environment was favorable to long-lived storms Tuesday. Since the wind shear was able to keep the storm going, it gained strength rapidly and stayed strong as it cruised into Rutland. It lost strength when it ran into more stable air near the CT River Valley.

Our team of meteorologists will keep you up to date with the latest information regarding this storm, and any severe weather in the future. You can get the latest forecast at www.mychamplainvalley.com/weather.

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