Microburst, not Tornado in Craftsbury

Published 05/17 2014 09:51AM

Updated 05/17 2014 03:09PM

Courtesy: James Sinko
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. - A line of storms moving through Central and Northeast Vermont Saturday morning prompted the National Weather Service in Burlington to issue a Tornado Warning overnight.

At 3:46 A.M. National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a storm, moving north at 55 mph, had enough rotation to potentially spawn a tornado near Worcester, so a Tornado Warning was issued.

A Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent, or happening now.

At 4:06 A.M., an updated warning from the National Weather Service said "a tornado was reported" near Wolcott.

The storm dissipated at 4:28 A.M. and the warning was dropped.

The report of a tornado appears unfounded, as the only storm damage was detected near Craftsbury. A storm assessment team investigated the minor tree and barn damage on Wild Branch Road, but determined it was consistent with a microburst, not a tornado.

A microburst is a strong downburst of wind, in this case estimated to be 65-75 mph, that comes out of a severe thunderstorm.

If you see storm damage, please e-mail weather@fox44now.com and our SkyTracker will forward it on to the National Weather Service.

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.