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90 Mile Per Hour Winds Hit Goldsboro

The National Weather Service has released a detailed report about the violent weather that hit Goldsboro in Wayne County on Friday evening.
Peak wind gusts blew between 85 and 90 miles an hour. The worst damage was at the Days Inn. The wind blew the roof off and flipped it over. The Weather Service says the roof of the motel didn't have roof straps like newer buildings are required to have. It was up to code when it was first built, however The Weather Service says about a dozen homes in Goldsboro were damaged by trees during that violent weather Friday.

Here is the full statement from the National Weather Service

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
1240 PM EDT SAT AUG 11 2007

...DAMAGE SURVEY OF GOLDSBORO NC...

ON AUGUST 10TH STARTING AT 614 PM...SEVERE WINDS FROM A LARGE-SCALE
DOWNBURST...OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A MACROBURST... CREATED WIDESPREAD
DAMAGE IN GOLDSBORO AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. THE MACROBURST BEGAN
NEAR FINCHS STATION ON CLARIDGE NURSERY ROAD JUST NORTHWEST OF
DOWNTOWN GOLDSBORO WHERE AN 85 MPH WIND GUST WAS RECORDED AT 614 PM
BY A RAWS MESONET STATION. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS ISSUED
FOR WAYNE COUNTY AT 545 PM HIGHLIGHTING DAMAGING WINDS IN GOLDSBORO.
THE WARNING WAS EFFECTIVE UNTIL 630 PM. EMERGENCY CALLS STARTED
COMING INTO THE 911 CENTER AROUND 620 PM REPORTING DAMAGE THROUGHOUT
THE CITY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTACTED THE 911 CENTER AT
LEAST TWICE ALERTING THEM TO THE DAMAGING STORM DEVELOPING WEST OF
GOLDSBORO. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS REISSUED AT 626 PM
EXTENDING THE WARNING UNTIL 715 PM FOR WAYNE COUNTY.

STRAIGHT LINE WINDS RACED EAST THROUGH THE NORTH SIDE OF GOLDSBORO
WITH PEAK WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 85 AND 90 MPH BASED ON THE
DAMAGE SURVEY. THE OVERALL MACROBURST WAS VERY LARGE REACHING A
WIDTH OF ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MILES AND EXTENDING DOWNWIND FROM THE
POINT OF ORIGIN FOR ABOUT 6 MILES. DAMAGING WINDS EXTENDED FROM
CLARIDGE NURSERY ROAD JUST NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN GOLDSBORO THROUGH
THE CITY ENDING AT HIGHWAY 13. TREE DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE ALL ALONG
U.S. 70...BUSINESS 70...ROYAL AVENUE AND ASHE STREET. ABOUT A DOZEN
HOMES IN THE AREA EXPERIENCED DAMAGE FROM FALLING TREES. NUMEROUS
ROADS WERE BLOCKED BY TREES AND POWER LINES ESPECIALLY FROM WAYNE
MEMORIAL DRIVE EAST TO HIGHWAY 13.

THE WORST DAMAGE OCCURRED TO THE DAYS INN ON HIGHWAY 70. ABOUT 85 TO
90 MPH STRAIGHT LINE WIND CAUSED THE ROOF OF THE HOTEL TO VAULT OR
BECOME AIRBORNE AND FLIP OVER. WIND TRAPPED UNDER THE EAVE OF THE
HOTEL EXERTED AN UPWARD FORCE ON THE ROOF RESULTING IN UPLIFT
FAILURE. THE OLDER HOTEL ROOF WAS CONSTRUCTED OF WOOD JOISTS AND
LACKED ANY WIND STRAPS TO ANCHOR THE ROOF BASED ON INITIAL
INSPECTION. THE HOTEL WAS BUILT TO CODE AT THE TIME OF CONSTRUCTION
ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL BUILDING INSPECTOR. HOWEVER...NEW
CONSTRUCTION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ROOF ANCHORING SINCE GOLDSBORO
FALLS WITHIN THE WIND CODE AREA REQUIRING SUCH BUILDING TECHNIQUES.
THIS PARTIALLY EXPLAINS THE LACK OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
SURROUNDING NEWER BUILDINGS. THE FAILURE OF THE ROOF STRUCTURE WAS
DUE LARGELY IN PART TO THE COMBINATION OF UPLIFT FORCING AND TOE
NAIL TYPE CONSTRUCTION IN THE TRUSSES AND JOISTS. THE ROOF BECAME
AIRBORNE LANDING IN THE PARKING LOT AND DAMAGING ABOUT A DOZEN
VEHICLES. ONE PERSON IN THE PARKING LOT NARROWLY ESCAPED SERIOUS
INJURY RUNNING FROM THEIR CAR INTO THE HOTEL MERE SECONDS BEFORE THE
ROOF CRUSHED THE VEHICLE. AT LEAST A DOZEN VEHICLES SUSTAINED DAMAGE
FROM FLYING DEBRIS IN THE DAYS INN PARKING LOT.

ONE EYE WITNESS WHO IS A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER REPORTED SEEING A
LITERAL WALL OF WIND RUSHING DOWN HIGHWAY 70 TOWARDS THE WAL-MART ON
BEST RD. THE WAL-MART AND A HOLIDAY INN ACROSS THE STREET
SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE.

WAYNE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED A TOTAL OF FOUR MINOR
INJURIES AND NO FATALITIES. SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO WAYNE COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE
WAYNE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTOR FOR ASSISTING WITH THE DISASTER
SURVEY.


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