National Weather Service Confirms Microburst Hit West Addison

NWS Confirms Microburst in West Addison

West Addison, Vt. - The National Weather Service from Burlington was on the ground today in West Addison to survey Thursday's storm damage. 

After a careful damage assessment Scott Whittier and Paul Sisson estimate wind speeds during the event reached 80-100mph. 

They also can confirm the damage done to Linda Taft's home was from a microburst, and not a tornado.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued about 20 minutes before the storm hit. Though not everyone received the warning of the incoming storm.

"Most of our damage in Vermont is from straight line winds in excess of 80mph. There were warnings out and some people got the warnings and some don't. A lot of people say they were warned but we still never expected to be this bad," said Scott Whittier.

Heeding all severe weather warnings are important. From this event it should remind people it doesn't take a tornado to cause significant damage. 

Having a NOAA Weather Radio is always a helpful too during severe weather season.



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