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July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm Surprises West Island

A Series of Isolated Thunderstorm Events This Summer Have SouthCoast In Its Sights By MLBaron westislandweather.com What appears to be a summer pattern of strong thunderstorms, another surprise thunderstorm impacted the Greater New Bedford area this weekend which was recovering from a stifling heat wave. Beach goers at several local beaches were caught off guard as the storm moved in quickly early Saturday afternoon. The darkening skies didn?t intimidate many until vivid lightning and thunder suddenly overtook the area. Bathers scrambled with their beach blankets and umbrellas to the safety of their cars. Although the storm passed in less than 45 minutes, numerous trees were downed including a few confirmed lightning strikes. Brockton, Plymouth, Martha?s Vineyard and Nantucket reported trees down from lightning and/or wind. One strike apparently set a house ablaze in Tiverton. One of the last utility poles at the end of Wilbur?s Point in Fairhaven was struck and the top half was blown off. As the storm cell exited off South Dartmouth and into Buzzards Bay, The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm marine warnings and to The Elizabeth Islands, Cuttyhunk and Martha?s Vineyard. The West Island Weather Station AXIS weather cam captured the impressive wall of heavy showers off shore and what appeared to be the early stages of a funnel cloud formation. This is the sixth significant thunderstorm to southeastern MA with damage reports since the Tornado outbreak in Springfield, MA on June 1. Other storms impacting the region include June 9, July 8, July 12, July 13 and this weekend on Saturday July 23. "Although thunderstorms are common during the dog days of summer, the destructive intensity of these isolated storms concentrated in the local area is rather unusual." stated MLBaron of westislandweather.com The West Island Weather Station recorded .10 of rain with a wind gust of 22 MPH out of the ESE as the storm skimmed by the island by about 1 mile to the west. For more on storm damage reports from The National Weather Service enter this link: http://www.westislandweather.com/Data/latest.nwus51.KBOX%20JUL%2023%202011.pdf Fore more storm photos visit: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11964490 For storm video from the West Island Causeway visit: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/ STORM ADVISORY THAT WAS PSOTED: * AT 1056 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PEMBROKE...OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH. For a complete storm report: http://www.westislandweather.com/Data/latest.nwus51.KBOX%20JUL%2023%202011.pdf
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