Spotty Damage From Friday Storms - WRBL

Spotty Damage From Friday Storms

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Radar image just prior to storm crossing river into South Columbus. Radar image just prior to storm crossing river into South Columbus.
Trees down in Bunker Hill neighborhood Trees down in Bunker Hill neighborhood
Uprooted tree in South Columbus Uprooted tree in South Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

A line of developing thunderstorms on the leading edge of a strong cold front produced damage in parts of Columbus around midday Friday. 

The storms were strengthening at the time they crossed the Chattahoochee River and produced what was apparently a localized downburst between 11:30 and 11:45 PM.  Trees were uprooted and minor structural damage was reported in the Bunker Hill and Benning Hills neighborhoods in extreme southern Muscogee County.  Other damage occurred along the southern part of Victory Drive.

Several thousand were without power for a time this afternoon as a result of the high winds.

A downburst is a localized straight-line wind gust caused by rapid downward outflow from a thunderstorm.  On a smaller scale, this type of severe wind is termed a microburst.  Relatively little lightning was indicated with the storm even at its maximum strength in Muscogee County.

The automated reporting station at Columbus Metropolitan Airport measured a maximum wind gust of 41 miles per hour from the northwest.  The cold frontal boundary moved in immediately behind the line of showers and storms and caused a 16-degree temperature drop in less than an hour.

Elsewhere, a tree fell on a house in Phenix City; winds were estimated at 40 to 50 miles per hour.  Two trees were blown down near Woodland in Talbot County.  The town of Mansfield in Newton County, Georgia, east of Atlanta, was hit by an EF2 tornado later in the afternoon. One woman was injured and several homes sustained major damage.

 

Kurt Schmitz

Kurt joined WRBL's First Alert 3 staff in September 2011 after a 34-year career in television meteorology. More>>

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