LIBERTY CENTER — While most of Henry County was hit by a storm Tuesday afternoon, an area just north of Liberty Center was struck much harder.

“We were hit by a rain-laden microburst storm,” said Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Tracy Busch.

He added this included pulse winds. The effect was several damaged trees about a mile north of Liberty Center, concentrated along State Route 109 and county roads V and 7.

Busch said damage was not reported to him until late Tuesday night and he then called the National Weather Service, which issued the special weather statement.

County weather officials were monitoring the situation, but nothing showed up on any of the instruments.

A microburst is described by the weather service as a localized column of sinking air, or downdraft, within a thunderstorm. They can cause extensive damage and at times be life threatening.

Pulse winds are occur during thunderstorms which cause severe winds that last only a short time. Often, they will weaken for a time and then generate another short burst of severe weather.

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