'Downburst winds' damaged house on Wing Street in Eagle
National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Hamilton says the damage to the house on Wing Street in Eagle is consistent with straight line wind damage or what is called downburst winds.
A downburst is a strong downdraft, which causes damaging winds on or near the ground.
“These type of winds come out ahead of a thunderstorm and can be as strong as a tornado. Wind gusts can be up to 50 to 60 miles per hour and are very isolated.”
Sometime between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning the downburst wiped out the rear of the home, took down a large pine tree, lifted and threw a barn off its foundation to the field across the street, and took down power lines.
Although radar indicated a storm was in the area, officials say it really couldn’t even be called a thunderstorm because there was no lightening.
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