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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
632 PM EST TUE JAN 14 2020

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/13/2020 THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

.UNION INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MICROBURST IN SAMPSON COUNTY...

LOCATION...8 NE GARLAND IN SAMPSON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
DATE...01/13/2020
ESTIMATED TIME...1:38 PM EST
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 - 85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...600 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.25 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...34.855/-78.2841
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...3

...SUMMARY...
A SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH, NORTH
CAROLINA CONCLUDED TODAY THAT THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED AT UNION 
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL IN SAMPSON COUNTY WAS THE RESULT OF A 
MICROBURST. 

DAMAGE IN THE FORM OF SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES TO THE WEST OF
THE SCHOOL STRUCTURE, ALONG WITH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ROOF UPLIFT
AND PARTIAL OUTER WALL COLLAPSE OF THE SCHOOLS GYMNASIUM OCCURRED
IN A CLEAR FAN-LIKE FASHION. THIS, ALONG WITH RADAR DATA, 
CONFIRMS THE EVENT OCCURRED DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

THE NWS IN RALEIGH WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE EMERGENCY MANAGER OF
SAMPSON COUNTY ALONG WITH THE LOCAL SCHOOL OFFICIALS FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE THROUGHOUT THE SURVEY PROCESS.

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

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