View Of Tulsa Storm Damage From SkyNews 6


Tuesday, June 6th 2006, 11:10 am
By: News On 6


SkyNews 6 was up above the storm damage in Tulsa all day Tuesday. News on 6 meteorologist Travis Meyer was in SkyNews 6 and got an eagle eye look at why this happened.

From the air you can spot gaping holes in buildings, roofs stripped by the wind and downed trees and power poles blocking major streets. Even sturdy old trees couldn't stand up to the Tuesday morning storm.

It wasn't a tornado that did all this damage, but a microburst. "How about back on that one. There was two trees." National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Piltz came to the News on 6 to look at the pictures of the damage from SkyNews 6. "There's a lot of roof and tree damage that you can pick out. Fortunately, no complete structure losses. Not large swaths of every tree being down, but definitely in the lower end of a hurricane."

Wind speeds from the microburst were between 80 and 85 miles per hour. A microburst occurs when a thunderstorm collapses. Then all the energy building in the storm crashes down on top of a very small area, bring precipitation and very high winds.

Microbursts aren't uncommon during summer thunderstorms. But often, they hit rural areas where there are not as many trees, homes and power poles to damage.