Straight-Line Winds in Casey County July 14, 2014

Jul 14, 2014 Straight-Line Winds Near Liberty

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Damage Type: Microburst and Straight Line Winds 
Date: Jul 14 2014 
Begin Time: 12:46 PM EDT 
End Time: 12:48 PM EDT 
Begin Point: 3.2 miles south southeast of Liberty 
End Point: 4 miles southeast of Liberty 
Wind Speed: 65 - 85 MPH 
Path Length: 1.4 miles 
Path Width: 100 yards initially increasing to 325 yards 
Injuries: 0 
Fatalities: 0 
Narrative: A microburst began just south of Liberty and produced significant tree damage along Victory Road and Poplar Springs Road. There were between 50 and 100 softwood and hardwood trees uprooted and snapped. The storm began to produce microburst wind damage along Victory Road starting off with 50 to 55 mph wind speeds and increasing to 80 to 85 mph wind speeds in a small concentrated area half way down Victory Road. This quickly weakened to 45 to 50 mph near a mobile home and barn near Poplar Springs Road. One cabin had some roof damage and trees were generally facing a northeast, north, and northwest direction with the microburst. Just east of that point, the storm bowed out and produced straight line wind damage over a half mile area. Downed trees were all facing an easterly direction. One well built home had some gutter and minor roof damage. The National Weather Service thanks Casey County Emergency Management and WKU Student Pierce Larkin for their assistance with our storm damage assessment.

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