A sudden thunderstorm delivered torrential rain and vivid lightning to the area on Friday morning July 8, 2011. At 9:50AM a blinding heavy rain quickly flooded low lying streets leaving cars stranded in water up to 2 feet. A fire was reported at 38 Hedge St Fairhaven and may have been from a lightning strike to a shed. A peak wind gust of 51 MPH was recorded at 9:47AM and total rain fall was 1.38 inches in 45 minutes at West Island. SKYWARN / NWS investigating isolated pocket in East Fhvn near Mill Rd/ Price St - Comcast - est wind gusts to near hurricane force 70mph+ w/ tree damage etc.This Composite Radar snapshot illustrates the intensity of the thunderstorm just minutes before an apparent microburst downed several trees in Fairhaven. A wind gust of 51 MPH was recorded at The West Island Weather Station at 947 AM. Sconticut Neck Plaza and the fire station were only a few hundred yards away from the epicenter, which had estimated wind gusts to near hurricane force. Note the deep purplish color (a common signature for an imminent micro burst) over Fairhaven Center indicating severe and dangerous weather overhead.
|Posted by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 8:13 AM||52 Views|