TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW)- Parts of Lucas county experienced a severe thunderstorm Thursday afternoon highlighted by what is classified as a microburst. Meteorologist Chris Vickers explains what a microburst is and how it forms.
The storm rapidly developed and tracked southeast out of Michigan across the state line into west Toledo. At 3:19 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Lucas and Wood counties. Severe weather roared in several minutes later around 3:30 p.m. In a typical thunderstorm, a strong updraft pulls warm, moist air to the top of the storm. Once a mature phase of the thunderstorm is reached, a downdraft develops. The intense winds that were at the top of the storm accelerate downward, crashing down to the surface of the earth. That brings intense straight line winds at the surface classified as a microburst.
In Lucas county, this particular microburst packed winds 70 mph to 90 mph Thursday afternoon. (The strength of an EF1 tornado) In addition to west Toledo, other areas were affected by the microburst. Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Springfield Township, Ottawa Hills, south Toledo and some parts of Maumee are without power and cleaning up this morning.
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