Despite tree damage, Wednesday's strong storm in Medford determined to be non-severe by NWS

A strong thunderstorm rolled through Medford Wednesday evening toppling some trees and causing some urban flooding. The National Weather Service has determined the winds and hail with this storm did not reach severe criteria based on a storm damage survey.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 10:35 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 4:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. --

Updated 9/19/19 3:45 PM

The National Weather Service says based on their damage survey that the storm Wednesday evening that moved through Medford was not severe. The only confirmed wind gust report was 34 mph in Medford. The National Weather Service says there may have been some stronger gusts but likely not up to 58 mph to reach severe criteria. Based on the the tree damage, meteorologists say that it was more likely these were trees with poor root support and more susceptible to falling over in gusty winds. Although a lot of hail also fell from the storm, it was all small and well below severe criteria too.

The National Weather Service will likely provide a more detailed report on Friday.

Original 9/18/19 10:35 PM

A strong thunderstorm rolled through Medford around 6:00 PM Wednesday evening. The storm produced torrential downpours, strong winds, small hail and loud thunder.

There have been increasing reports of trees down in Medford, mainly in an area to the east of downtown. There was a large tree down in a neighborhood on Queen Anne Ave. and in the Woodland Town Homes area. There was also reports of trees down in Hawthorne Park and one on Cardley Ave. in Medford.

There was also several reports of small hail from the storm and very heavy rainfall. The heavy rain did lead to some urban flooding and ponding on some roadways.

The National Weather Service in Medford has announced they will be sending out a storm survey crew on Thursday to check out the damage from the storm. According to Chief Meteorologist Matt Hoffman, the storm did have some rotation with it as it moved through the city. He says that NWS team will investigate further on the cause of the tree damage. Stay with StormWatch12 and NewsWatch 12 for the results of that storm survey.

Strong storm moving through South Medford. (Credit: Don Veverka)

Large tree down in a neighborhood on Queen Anne Ave. (Credit: Sky Gilliland)

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