Boston suburbs hit by microburst, NWS says

Wind speeds similar to those in an EF-1 tornado

BEDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that portions of suburban Boston were hit by a microburst as severe storms moved through the area on Monday evening.

The NWS conducted a storm survey Tuesday morning in the town of Bedford in Middlesex County, where they determined the microburst produced 90-100 MPH winds; similar to an EF-1 tornado.

Storm spotters in the town reported trees down on cars and houses.

Unlike a tornado, a microburst is a downdraft with an outflow area of less than 2 ½ miles wide, and peak winds lasting less than five minutes.

Tornadoes cause damage in a cyclonic pattern, while microbursts cause damage in a more diverging pattern.

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