Photo by Rebecca Reese- A possible microburst has closed Webster Park in Epsom and sent one man to the hospital

Sep 11, 2016 1:20 PM

Possible microburst has shut down Webster Park in Epsom, hospitalized 1

EPSOM - There were severe thunderstorm warnings throughout New Hampshire this morning, but Epsom didn't hear any thunder or see any lightning - instead, strong wind gusts knocked down trees.

Fire officials say that between 9:30 and 10 o'clock this morning, a possible microburst moved through Webster Park and took many trees down. Microbursts can occur when heavy bursts of rain fall out of a thunderstorm and strong downdrafts of sinking, cool air result in damaging winds. There have been no official reports on the wind speeds, but gusts over 60 mph likely occurred.

No one was trapped in the park, but a tree came down directly on a black Honda Civic. The man driving was sent to the hospital and is facing non-life threatening injuries.

The park will be closed down until further notice. Chief Stuart Yeaton said it's because they need to clean up debris, and it may take up to a few days to finish.


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