Storms Cause Damage in Roanoke

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Heavy storms ravaged parts of Roanoke today. The Virginia Museum of Transportation lost part of its roof during the storm. The debris from the roof fell right next to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial which is located in front of the museum. Click here for a picture of Ladder 7′s crew.

The Roanoke Times: Weather Journal:

It was probably a wet microburst that caused high winds in downtown Roanoke that caused extensive roof damage to the Virginia Museum of Transportation, meteorologist Jan Jackson at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg said.

Observing from the Roanoke Times pedestrian bridge over Second Street, I would estimate the winds as gusting to as high as 65 mph, not an uncommonly high speed in a microburst. The bridge was shaking in the wind. There was also some small hail. (Read More)

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