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Thursday storm damage in Danville confirmed to be from a 'microburst'

A severe storm in Danville produced a wind gust of nearly 90 mph

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ROANOKE, Va. – The National Weather Service confirmed Friday morning that Thursday night's damage in Danville was due to a microburst, not a tornado. 

Regardless, the storm produced a peak wind gust of 90 miles per hour, bringing down trees and power lines across one part of the city.

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A microburst develops when rain-cooled air drops at a tremendous rate of speed from a thunderstorm.

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This happened over Danville, which previously was in the 90s, Thursday afternoon. It was ruled a microburst, because of the divergent and straight pattern in which the trees were lying.

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Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries.

 


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