Macroburst hits North Phoenix neighborhoods

PHOENIX - Parts of the Valley were hit hard by monsoon storms over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a “Macroburst” hit north-central Phoenix.

Damage from a macroburst is more widespread than a microburst.

A macroburst can leave behind an area of damage at least 2 ½ miles wide. Macrobursts can produce strong, damaging wind gusts for a period of at least 5 minutes but up to 20 minutes.

In contrast, a microburst affects a smaller area, with the extent of damage less than 2 and a half miles wide. The strongest winds from a microburst last less than 5 minutes.

Macrobursts can produce destructive winds up to the strength of an EF 3 tornado.

The strongest wind gusts we saw Saturday night were near 70 mph around Desert Ridge Marketplace.

These winds would be comparable to an EF-0 tornado.

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