Woodend microburst

3rd May 2007

Images Clyve Herbert, Jane ONeill

 

DAMAGE & TRACK REPORT - CLYVE HERBERT

The narrow path of damage commenced northwest of Crows Road and remained narrow until approaching the northwest edge of Woodend then widened out to dissipate rapidly within the central Woodend township...most trees along the path were felled pointing southeast indicating a narrow moving microburst....At Crows Road near the entrance of the microburst, damage occurred here at approx 1403 to 1405. Damage commenced in northwest Woodend around 1409 to 1411. Wind traces at Buckland Street just northeast of the main Path and Nutfield Close timed the max gust (Buckland Street 96kph 1411 and Nutfield Close 88kph another 500m northeast at 1412hrs. Damage dissipated rapidly southeast of the central Woodend township.

Duration of strongest winds varied between 1 and 2 minutes, residents reported a sound like continuous thunder.

ESTIMATES OF WIND SPEED

-     Crows Road 130 to 160 kph..times approx 1403/1405.
-     Western edge of Golf course Hill 120 to 140kph.. times approx 1409
-     Northwest Woodend 120 to 140kph.. times approx 1410/1411.

Duration of strongest winds varied between 1 and 2 minutes, residents reported a sound like continuous thunder.

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Damage track (still to be finalised) and damage in central Woodend

 

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Damage northwest of Woodend (Montgomery Lane)

 

   
   
   
     
   
 

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