NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Parked vans just don't flip over by themselves, and thus the National Weather Service in New York has confirmed a vehicle the wound up sitting on its roof June 29 was the result of a "microburst / straight line wind damage" incident.
The strength of winds inverted the vehicle in a New Providence business parking lot, and caused minor damage to businesses and homes. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service report stated, "The microburst occurred along Central Avenue, within roughly one- eighth of a mile in either direction from the intersection with South Street. The microburst lasted only around 2 minutes and had a maximum estimated wind speed of 70 mph. Most of the downed trees and tree limbs showed sign of rot and decay. There was some siding observed to be peeled back along one home."
The National Weather Services describes a microburst as a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes.--- Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation... used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.