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Microbursts damage buildings, scatter debris near Gillette

July 9, 2018

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong winds early Monday blew off roofs, overturned a 30-foot (9 meter) camper and scattered debris in two subdivisions west of Gillette in northeast Wyoming. No one was hurt.

Campbell County Emergency Management Coordinator David King says the winds thought to be from microbursts occurred about 4:40 a.m. and lasted for several minutes.

The Gillette News Record reports that damage included the roof of a garage being blown 100 yards (91 meters), a camper being pushed 15 feet (4.6 meters) down a driveway and a shed losing its roof.

Microbursts are intense winds that descend from the upper atmosphere after a thunderstorm or rainstorm and flow along the ground.

King says two microbursts likely formed as a result of overnight rains in the area.


Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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