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Microburst lifts woman off ground, damages campers and garage near Oacoma

May 9, 2011 in The Daily Republic

OACOMA Teri Meyer was running as fast as she could, but she wasn’t moving. When she looked down, she knew why. She had been lifted into the air by a gust of wind estimated at 60-80 mph.
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Opinion: Storm resulted in sad but memorable day

August 5, 2010 in The Daily Republic

When a microburst rolled through Mitchell in 2000, it hit with ferocity that Mitchell hadn’t seen since a tornado flattened buildings and injured 32 people in 1962. The microburst caused millions of dollars in damages, left a few people homeless and, worst of all, came unexpectedly.
The microburst isn’t like the tornado, its ugly cousin. As far as I know, microbursts don’t appear on radar and special sirens do not typically announce their rude arrival. Not good. Continue Reading

Microburst recalled 10 years later

August 5, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Delbert Hohn received his 15 minutes of fame a decade ago today, but he won’t celebrate the anniversary.
Hohn was one of hundreds of Mitchell residents whose lives took a turn for the worse after a massive windstorm swept through the city Aug. 5, 2000. Ten people were hurt, several homes were destroyed or damaged and more than two dozen businesses felt the wrath of the storm.
Weather officials dubbed the event a wet microburst, a downward wind shear that is similar to a tornado in impact. Unlike a swirling tornado, a wet microburst is a straight-line wind accompanied by heavy rain. Continue Reading