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Microburst strikes Madrid May 24 PDF Print E-mail


By Tim Linscott
Managing Editor
The heavy rains and severe weather that swirled around the region led to a bit of an anomaly in Madrid Saturday, May 24.
Around 10 p.m. the Madrid Volunteer Fire Department responded to damage done by a microburst. Initial thoughts was that it was small tornado, however, the National Weather Service verified it was a microburst, which is defined as a sudden, violent downdraft of air over a small area.
In a microburst the air moves in a downward motion until it hits ground level. It then spreads outward in all directions. The wind regime in a microburst is opposite to that of a tornado.
The fire department brought out a light tower to help clean up debris and secure a building damaged by the storm.
Intensive Auto and Truck Repair, located at 101 S. Hardy Ave., in Madrid received the brunt of the storm.
The building had the glass in doors and windows blown out and two overhang doors were damaged.
Two trucks on the location were also damaged. Madrid Volunteer Fire Department officials indicated one of the trucks looked as if it had been flipped or rolled over from the high winds.
A semi-trailer was also damaged by the storm and a greenhouse was blown off of its foundation and tossed into an alley. The entire sum of damage was confined to a one block area.
There were no definite financial estimates of damage as of press time.
Tree damage was done to various other parts of Madrid  with no major damage done.
No injuries were reported to fire department officials.