Wirt County microburst confirmed by National Weather Service

A photo of a microburst, which produces a powerful downdraft. (NOAA/file)

WIRT COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - The National Weather Service has announced that wind damage in Wirt County early Wednesday afternoon was the result of a microburst.

The damage was reported just before 2 p.m. along two ridge lines about 3.5 miles south of Rockport. The area includes Okey Full Road.

A survey team was dispatched and found damage to a shed moved off its foundation, a mobile-home roof partially lifted and many trees laid over on two successive ridge lines.

No personal injuries were reported with the announcement.

Microbursts are extremely strong downdrafts from powerful thunderstorms. They can flatten trees, buildings and roll over vehicles.
Many times the public will confuse this damage with tornado damage, which can appear very different.

Wednesday's microburst reportedly had 80 to 90 mph winds.

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