A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

Tornado like damage caused by microburst in Craftsbury Saturday morning

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A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.
A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

CRAFTSBURY — Parts of Orleans county had been under a tornado warning early Saturday morning, after meteorologists had detected some rotation in the clouds. Some had even believed that we got hit with a surprise tornado after reports of damage started coming in.

Near the intersection of Collinsville and Wild Branch Road in Craftsbury, a roof was torn off of a barn, bewteen six to ten pine trees were uprooted, and a pole was driven into the roof of a shed, as shown in the picture above.

One report from a turkey hunter who was out at around 4 a.m., said he had heard the sounds of a tornado.

By Saturday afternoon meteorologists from the National Weather Service were in Craftsbury inspecting wind damage.

They are saying that the incident early Saturday morning was not a tornado, but a microburst. The damage was isolated and confined mostly in this one area of Craftsbury.

A microburst is usually less than 2 1/2 miles wide, with peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. They cause dangerous horizontal and vertical wind shears. The National Weather Service estimates maximum wind speed from Saturday’s incident to be around 75 miles per hour.

There were no injuries from the incident.

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