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Microburst recalled 10 years later

Published 08/05/2010, The Daily Republic

Delbert Hohn received his 15 minutes of fame a decade ago today, but he won’t celebrate the anniversary.
Hohn was one of hundreds of Mitchell residents whose lives took a turn for the worse after a massive windstorm swept through the city Aug. 5, 2000. Ten people were hurt, several homes were destroyed or damaged and more than two dozen businesses felt the wrath of the storm.
Weather officials dubbed the event a wet microburst, a downward wind shear that is similar to a tornado in impact. Unlike a swirling tornado, a wet microburst is a straight-line wind accompanied by heavy rain.

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