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The Region : Winds Were Micro-Burst

March 18, 1986

Strong winds, not a tornado, were blamed for $500,000 damage to property over four-square blocks in a mostly industrial area of Anaheim, the National Weather Service said. Sunday's pre-dawn onslaught was actually a "micro-burst"--random, heavy winds that often blow out of storm clouds, weather specialist Stan Massey said. City officials and residents had described the gusts as a tornado. But a Weather Service investigator who toured the site found no evidence of swirling marks in the earth, a sign that a tornado funnel cloud had passed, Massey said.

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