SNOW CREEK - A strong thunderstorm complex blew through the area Friday evening with damaging winds reported from West Virginia through the Carolinas. Within the line of storms, an intense microburst produced significant damage in the Snow Creek area of Franklin County.
A historic barn and building owned by Phillip and Debbie Haynes were destroyed in the storm, along with other roofs and barns. Around 100 trees were blown over a fence line on Haynes' property.
Winds were likely at or above 70-80 mph in the microburst itself. Microbursts can produce damaging winds similar to a tornado, but in a diverging direction - opposed to a converging pattern that you would see in a tornado.
Severe thunderstorms developed in the heat and humidity that grew as the day went on. As the line approached our area, the heat of the day was near its peak, allowing the storms to tower high into the sky very quickly. That quick rising of air has to come down at some point, gathering momentum and heavier rain-cooled air as it does. That's what's know as a microburst.
The heaviest damage was about 1/4 of a mille wide according to Steve Oakes, who lives about a mile away from the hardest hit area. Parts of Snow Creek were without power after the storm blew through.