Sailor survives microburst on Casco Bay
PORTLAND (WGME) – Tuesday’s microburst caused quite a bit of damage in Casco Bay.
The severe thunderstorm wreaked havoc on the boats docked in the bay Tuesday evening.
"We've had at least four capsized boats, two sunk at their moorings, multiple boats have been dragged from their positions, and we have one boat this morning that's missing," Portland Port Harbor Master Kevin Battle said.
With boats falling into the ocean like trees falling onto the ground, it's incredible that no one was injured.
"Luckily, throughout all of this, we've had nobody hurt that we know of," Battle said.
This is even more impressive when you consider that at least one person was on their sailboat in Casco Bay during the storm.
"I talked to a one gentlemen,” Battle said. “He described it as a carnival ride."
He told Battle he was being rocked from side to side as he clung to a rail inside of his boat.
A microburst is a localized column of sinking air within a thunderstorm. As cool air descends, it crashes into the ground, creating violent straight-line winds.
"This is the second microburst that I know of coming through this area, and I'm saying going back 20 plus years," Battle said.