Officials from the National Weather Service visited Paintsville on Thursday to look over information and determine what exactly caused Wednesday’s storm damage around the city. Several trees were left broken, uprooted or badly damaged and several structures sustained heavy damage as strong winds whipped through downtown Paintsville around 7 PM July 4. Ed Ray, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says, “There definitely wasn’t any type of signature on the radar data that would indicate the storm was anything like a tornado,” but he added, ” It is easy to mistake a storm like this for a tornado”. Ray along with other National Weather Center Officials determined, through a combination of physical survey and archived radar data, that straight line winds between 80-85 miles per hour, caused the damage. Ray would go on to describe the storm as a microburst, which is an intense downdraft produced by a thunderstorm or rain shower. About 90% of Paintsville was left without power for most of the Wednesday night and into Thursday, but workers from several power companies and tree removal businesses spent many hours removing the toppled trees and restoring power.
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