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.

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