NWS: Kanawha County also saw microburst on day tornado hit

WALLACE, W.Va. — Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Friday they’ve determined a microburst damaged property in northern Kanawha County Monday.

The microburst happened in the community of Wallace near Sissonville. It was not the same storm that created a tornado over Charleston, meteorologists said.

“This is a good example of how downburst winds can be as strong or stronger than a weak tornado,” the NWS said in a Friday afternoon tweet.

Information from the weather service said the microburst occurred at around 4:15 p.m. Monday. It was approximately two miles wide and two miles long. The wind speed was 90 to 100 mph.

“The microburst began along Sissonville Drive just north of the intersection with Call Drive,” according to an NWS statement. “Limited tree damage was noted to the north and west of this point. More widespread tree damage was noted to the south along Wolf Pen Drive and Old Tuppers Creek Road.”

Survey teams also found a carport destroyed and a fence pushed over.

A few hours later, an EF1 tornado began near Alum Creek and traveled over Charleston’s South Hills neighborhood before dissipating at the Kanawha River.

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