Ask Storm Team 11: Last weekend’s storms

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Summer storms can pack a punch! Just like the ones we saw this last weekend. For today’s Ask Storm Team 11 we break down a severe storm that produced damage in the Limestone, TN area.

It is not uncommon for summer storms to produce damaging winds. It is possible we saw a downburst event occur.  A smaller scale version of a downburst is called a microburst.

Check out this photo of that storm in Limestone.

Notice a very solid rain shaft. A clue that this may have been a downburst is the spreading out of the rain near the surface. This indicates the possibility of very strong winds fanning out at the surface.

Back in 1998, a downburst in Kingsport, TN produced winds up to 120 mph and 1.5 million dollars in damage!

Remember to send Storm Team 11 your severe weather photos to help us analyze these events to pix@wjhl.com and as always, Ask Storm Team 11 your questions! 

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