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National Weather Services surveys Abilene storm damage

By Maggie Gaskill, Senior Producer, mgaskill@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 07:51:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 07:52:05 PM CDT
National Weather Service surveys storm damage
ABILENE, Texas -

Surveyors for the National Weather Service in San Angelo were in Abilene to look at damage caused by Monday's thunderstorm.

"We have seen damage that we would have expected from straight-line winds that were pretty strong that came from the north and moved toward the south. Almost all the damage is lined down to the south side of locations and most of the exposed areas on the north sides of buildings have been the most damaged. So [that's] typical of fairly strong straight-line winds," said Dr. Steve Lyons with the NWS.

Lyons said the damage was not from a tornado or a microburst.

"It’s not a microburst because we saw the winds coming from the north. It’s a complex of thunderstorms that formed up in Throckmorton County and Haskell County  and started to move to the south," said Lyons.

KTXS Chief Meteorologist Mark Rowlett said a "microburst is extremely high winds focused in a small area that are generated by a severe thunderstorm. There’s extreme damage usually under the footprint of a microburst."

According to the NWS's website, a microburst has damaging winds only reaching 2.5 miles. It classifies a microburst's wind gusts as high as 168 miles per hour. Lyons measured the wind speeds that caused the most damage in Abilene at around 80 miles per hour.

"It was basically it was an outflow from thunderstorms that lasted for about an hour, hour and a half," said Lyons.