Microburst causes damage to parts of Pender in weekend storms

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Storm causes wind damage in Burgaw on May 12, 2019.(Photo: Wayne Culler)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Strong storms rolled through parts of Pender County Sunday. After several reports of damage, the National Weather Service sent a crew out to surveyed it Wednesday morning determining it wasn’t caused by a tornado.

NWS says a microburst was to blame for wind damage in and around Burgaw. A microburst produces strong, straight-line winds.

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The report shows a closed lumber yard building sustained damage in which the tin doors were blown in and the winds tore off tin roofing. Also, several rafters of this old facility were broke near the intersection of Wallace and Dudley streets. Crews say just west of this building at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Facility Four aluminum culverts were lifted and moved several yards onto the side of Wallace Road near North Smith Street.

On the other side of the closed lumber yard, a power pole on North Dudley Street was damaged and leaning towards the east.

NWS says there was widespread snapped tree limbs. The largest branches were seen on the grounds of the Pender County Courthouse. Also, a large pine tree was uprooted near the intersection of McCullen and Fremont streets.



The overall damage reflected maximum winds of 75 mph mainly along and near Wallace road with widespread 60 mph winds across much of Burgaw.

Also, several people reported seeing 3/4″ hail during the storm.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pender County several minutes before the microburst moved through the area.