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Strong winds cause damage in county

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By The Staff

 

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A microburst wind struck the southern part of Taylor County early Sunday morning, leaving a path of property damage for residents and businesses in its wake. 

According to Taylor County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Dooley, the microburst came through at around 4 a.m. Sunday. 

The powerful winds came as a surprise to many in the area. 

Property in the area of New Columbia Road and Green River Marina were most damaged by the powerful wind gust, approximately six miles south of Campbellsville. 

A concrete block garage owned by Keith and Sharon Chandler on New Columbia Road was destroyed and another garage was damaged. 

The straight-line winds traveled east, taking the tops out of several trees before damaging three houseboats docked at Green River Marina, according to Dooley. 

“One houseboat lost the third deck, while another lost its top canopy and another a glass window,” Dooley said in a post on Facebook.

Dooley surveyed the area Sunday afternoon and after collecting information and surveying the scene, determined that it was a microburst and not a tornado that hit the area. 

 

What is a microburst? 

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst is a localized column of sinking air, or downdraft, within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. 

Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening. There are two primary types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. Wet microbursts are accompanied by significant precipitation and are common in the Southeast during the summer months.

Wind speeds in microbursts can reach up to 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service, nearly equivalent to an EF-1 tornado.