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Microburst Topples Trees In Arlington During Severe Weather Outbreak

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ARLINGTON (CBS) – Crews are cleaning up after a microburst hit Arlington during the severe weather outbreak on Wednesday.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst is “a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage.”

The microburst hit the town at around 6 p.m., toppling trees and limbs onto cars and downing wires, which made roads impassable for a time.

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“All of a sudden there was the wind and the house was shaking. My windows were open slightly and I literally had trouble getting them closed,” said Susan Brown, a resident.

Other residents couldn’t believe what they witnessed.

“All of a sudden it was like a mini tornado in the driveway,” said Michael Pryor, a resident.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Crews estimate that around 100 trees were brought down by the storm. They were working through the morning Thursday to clean up the mess.

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The National Weather Service is expected to visit Arlington Thursday to survey the damage.

If you spot severe weather in your area, send your photos and videos to weather@cbsboston.com.

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