65 to 80 mph gusts from STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE IN WEST CENTRAL SUFFOLK COUNTY:
Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 1241 PM EDT Fri Jul 15 2022
...STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE IN WEST CENTRAL SUFFOLK COUNTY...
A severe thunderstorm moved east-northeast across portions of west central Suffolk County on the evening of Thursday July 14, 2022. The storm brought localized areas of significant tree damage from Lake Ronkonkoma east-northeast through the Selden and Coram areas. Doppler Radar, observational analysis, photos, and videos support the damage being consistent with straight-line winds from several microbursts. The most concentrated wind damage was in the area of Sachem North High School and Smith Street, with numerous large tree branches and several tree tops snapped off. This damage orientation and magnitude is consistent with straight-line winds estimated to range from 65 to 80 mph. There was no evidence of rotation with the storm and no tornado survey is planned. The National Weather Service New York, NY would like to thank Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for their assistance in examining the damage areas as well as trained spotters, local media, and the general public for damage reports from Thursday evening.