Microburst hits Midtown Columbus

WRBL Staff - COLUMBUS, Ga. -- National Weather Service meteorologists confirm the numerous trees and power lines down in Midtown is a result of a microburst with winds up to 75 mph.

WRBL's First Alert Weather Team describes a microburst as straight-line winds that come from a severe thunderstorm and burst outward upon hitting the ground. Major damage can come from both the moment the winds make contact with the ground and when the impact bursts outward to the surrounding area.

Areas that are the hardest hit are the neighborhoods of East Highlands, Lakebottom, and Dinglewood.

Several buildings sustained structural damage and around 3500 customers were without power Monday night according to Georgia Power.

Tuesday, about 1200 people remain without power. See Georgia Power's Outage map where the latest outages area.

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