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Statement as of 3:10 PM CDT on May 02, 2016


... NWS damage survey for 05/01/16 thunderstorm wind event...

.Overview...
A strong microburst affected western and northwestern portions of
Selmer on Sunday afternoon.

.Thunderstorm wind in Selmer...

Estimated peak wind: 75-80 mph
path length /statute/: 1.6 miles
path width /maximum/: 1.3 miles
fatalities: injuries: 0

Start date: may 01 2016
start time: 459 PM CDT
start location: 1 NW Selmer/McNairy County TN
start lat/lon: 35.1899/-88.6220

End date: may 01 2016
end time: 502 PM CDT
end location: Selmer/McNairy County TN
end lat/lon: 35.1679/-88.6120

Survey summary:
the first damage was observed north of Higginbotham Rd. And west
of Highway 45 where several trees were uprooted. Winds appeared
to intensify, or another more powerful microburst impacted, near
the Selmer Country Club. Numerous trees and power poles were
downed in this area. Several trees were downed east of Highway
45, along and south of Highway 64.

Additionally... a short-lived circulation may have briefly formed
in the strong outflow on the Country Club grounds. This
circulation, called a "gustnado", was a small feature in the
overall wind flow pattern in the microburst.

Note: 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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