WAYNE COUNTY — Damage caused by a severe storm April 14 was the result of a microburst, the National Weather Service (NWS) has determined.
According to a release from the NWS, a microburst blew through Waymart at 2:04 a.m. April 15 with an estimated maximum speed of 80 mph.
The maximum path width was 600 yards, with a length of 3.5 miles.
The organization reports the damage “...was first detected to a property on Route 296 near North Baker Road.”
The report states “The roof from a large barn shifted off its frame with the west-facing exterior wall bowed out.”
Other recorded damage included the top of a nearby silo was blown over, with “...several large pine trees...snapped at the trunk in a cemetery on Owego Turnpike.”
Sporadic tree damage was observed near Lake Ladore and Keen Lake, with the NWS stating, “Interestingly, the most concentrated areas of tree damage occurred on the northern side of both lakes, possibly caused by winds accelerating off the water.”
In Lake Como, the microburst event struck the area at approximately 2:12 a.m. April 15, with winds speeds of around 80 mph.
The maximum path width was 300 yards with a length of two miles.
The NWS states “a path of uprooted and snapped pine trees were noted along Como Road between Route 370 and Route 247,” with “several buildings...” sustaining minor roof and siding damage “...mainly due to trees falling on them.”
The released continues to state that “although there was some indication within the path of downed trees of a convergent pattern that would be consistent of tornadic damage, there was not enough evidence (due to limited access for NWS officials to survey and also due to the clean up that was occurring...) to determine it to be tornadic.”
The NWS in Binghamton thanks the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency for assisting the survey team.