Microburst winds on July 18th confirmed in the Grand Rapids area

...A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY CONCLUDES A SERIES OF 
MICROBURSTS HIT SOUTHERN KENT COUNTY...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS CONDUCTED A DAMAGE SURVEY OF
SOUTHERN KENT COUNTY EARLY TODAY. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT A SERIES
OF MICROBURSTS HIT THE CITIES OF WYOMING AND CUTLERVILLE AROUND 345
PM ON SUNDAY JULY 18TH. THE STRAIGHT-LINED WIND DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN
THREE DISTINCT LOCATIONS.

THE FIRST AREA WAS AROUND 52ND STREET BETWEEN CLYDE PARK AVE AND
BURLINGAME AVE. THE AREAS OF DAMAGE EXTENDED SOUTHEAST TO AROUND
CLYDE PARK AVE TO 54TH STREET. THE LINUS PALMER PARK GOLF COURSE HAD
SEVERAL TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. A SUBDIVISION SOUTH OF THE GOLF
COURSE HAD SHINGLE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES. ONE HOME HAD ITS GARAGE
ROOF TORN OFF AND BLOWN INTO A NEIGHBORING HOME. WINDS WERE
ESTIMATED TO BE 80 MPH IN THIS AREA.

THE SECOND AREA OF DAMAGE WAS NEAR 76TH STREET AND CLYDE PARK AVE. A
FEW TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. A RAILROAD CROSSING ARM WAS
BROKEN IN THIS LOCATION. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AROUND 70 MPH.

THE THIRD AREA TO SUSTAIN DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN CUTLERVILLE ALONG 68TH
STREET FROM DIVISION AVE TO EASTERN AVE. A FEW TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 60 MPH IN THIS VICINITY.

 

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