DISCUSSION: As strong storms pushed through sections of the greater Shallotte area of South Carolina, there were incredibly robust impacts from the thunderstorms which raced through this region. As shown in the video above, there were very strong winds associated with the passage of these strong storms as winds reached up to somewhere between 85 and 100 mph which is reflected by how violently the trees were being whipped around in this particular video. These strong winds were most likely the result of a downburst reaching the surface as this particular thunderstorm moved through. As a point of insight, a downburst occurs when rain-cooled air just beneath the base of the cloud deck continues to descend towards the surface. As a result of the large temperature different between the region just inside the base of the thunderstorm and the area located just beneath the base of the thunderstorm, the air races even faster towards the ground and then spreads out across the Earth's surface upon impact. The results are often quite violent which is clearly shown in the video footage captured above (courtesy of Deborah Corman before being shared by CBS-affiliate WBTW, South Carolina). To read more about this particular story from the WBTW website, feel free to click here!
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