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2 Tornadoes Confirmed in Larue County

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A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM IN COORDINATION WITH 
LARUE COUNTY EMERGERGENCY MANAGEMENT SURVEYED DAMAGE IN SOUTHERN 
LARUE COUNTY FROM STORMS THAT OCCURRED ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. IT WAS 
DETERMINED THAT A BRIEF EF-1 TORNADO THAT WAS EMBEDDED WITHIN A 
LARGER AREA OF STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS TOUCHED DOWN 1.3 MILES SOUTHEAST 
OF UPTON, TRAVELED EAST FOR JUST OVER 2.5 MILES, AND THEN LIFTED 3 
MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF UPTON. THE EF-1 TORNADO HAD A MAX WIND OF 
AROUND 100 MPH, AND A MAX PATH WIDTH OF AROUND 200 YARDS.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT SOLID EF-1 STRENGTH JUST NORTHWEST OF 
THE INTERSECTION OF WELDON LOOP ROAD AND WATKINS ALVEY ROAD WHERE A 
SMALL BARN WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED, AND DEBRIS WAS SCATTERED IN 
MANY DIRECTIONS ALMOST A HALF-MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. IN ADDITION, A 
SMALL LEAN-TO SECTION OF ANOTHER BARN WAS THROWN BACK TO THE 
NORTHWEST, CLEAR EVIDENCE OF CYCLONIC ROTATION. HARDWOOD TREES JUST 
DOWNSTREAM FROM THE BARN WERE ALSO SNAPPED AND LAYING IN A 
CONVERGENT PATTERN, OFFERING MORE SUPPORT FOR TORNADIC WINDS.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ROUGHLY EASTWARD ALONG WELDON LOOP ROAD WHERE 
IT DID SOME LIGHT DAMAGE TO A BARN ROOF AND BROUGHT DOWN LARGE LIMBS 
FROM A HARDWOOD TREE. THIS DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 
JOHNSON ROAD AND WELDON LOOP ROAD, AND WAS IN THE EF-0 STRENGTH 
RANGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE ENE ALONG WELDON LOOP ROAD AT EF-
0 STRENGTH AS IT CAUSED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOUSE, AND DAMAGED A 
GREENHOUSE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WHEELER AND WHELDON LOOP ROADS. 
THE TORNADO FINISHED THE LAST HALF MILE OF ITS PATH ALONG UPTON 
TALLEY ROAD WHERE IT UPROOTED OR SNAPPED SOFTWOOD TREES, DAMAGED 
BARNS, AND DID MINOR FASCIA AND SHINGLE DAMAGE TO A COUPLE OF HOMES. 
THE TORNADO LIFTED ABOUT A QUARTER MILE PAST THE UPTON TALLEY AND 
LANNY HEATH ROADS INTERSECTION.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THIS BRIEF TORNADO OCCURRED WITHIN A LARGER 
AREA OF STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE WHERE SOME OLDER BARNS WERE 
DESTROYED AND NUMEROUS SOFTWOOD AND HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OR 
UPROOTED. HOWEVER, THE DAMAGE WAS MAINLY LAYING IN AN EAST-NORTHEAST 
DIRECTION CONSISTENT WITH OVERALL STORM MOTION AND A STRAIGHT-LINE 
WIND SIGNATURE. IT WAS CONSIDERED TO MAKE THIS DAMAGE PART OF THE 
OVERALL TORNADO, HOWEVER THE PATH WIDTH WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER A HALF 
MILE WIDE, WHICH IS UNLIKELY FOR BRIEF SPIN-UP TORNADOES EMBEDDED IN 
A QLCS.

IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT MORE SPORADIC, AND OVERALL WEAKER, 
STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE CONTINUED EASTWARD ALONG A CONSISTENT PATH 
ACROSS SOUTHERN LARUE COUNTY. MOST OF THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT 
WITH WINDS BETWEEN 60 AND 70 MPH TOWARD AND JUST NORTH OF THE 
MAGNOLIA COMMUNITY AND POINTS EASTWARD. A SECOND EF-0 TORNADO DID 
TOUCH DOWN NEAR MOUNT TABOR AND POINTS EASTWARD AND IS COVERED IN 
ANOTHER PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ALREADY ISSUED. (Other Survey Summery Below) 

First Tornado: 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE IN COORDINATION WITH 
LARUE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFIRMED AN EF0 TORNADO IN SOUTH-
CENTRAL LARUE COUNTY. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST WEST OF LOGAN 
DESPAIN ROAD, CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE METAL ROOF OF A FARM 
OUTBUILDING, AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF A LEAN-TO ATTACHMENT ON THE 
SIDE OF THE SAME FARM OUTBUILDING. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED 
GREENSBURG ROAD NEAR BROWNFIELD CREEK, HEADING TOWARDS MOUNT TABOR 
ROAD. ONE HOME ON MOUNT TABOR ROAD SUFFERED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE, AND 
THE HOME ACROSS THE ROAD HAD SEVERAL HEALTHY PINE TREES SNAPPED AS 
THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS PATH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-
NORTHEAST ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MOUNT TABOR ROAD, CAUSING SEVERAL 
HARDWOOD TREES TO FALL IN THE DIRECTIONS OF NORTH OR NORTHEAST. 
CYCLONIC CURVATURE OF THE FALLEN TREES WAS MADE EVIDENT WHEN NWS 
LOUISVILLE FLEW THEIR DRONE OVER THAT AREA. SOME ROOF DAMAGE AND 
BARN DOOR DAMAGE OCCURRED ABOUT 450 YARDS WEST OF THE INTERSECTION 
OF MOUNT TABOR ROAD AND BENNETT ROAD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED JUST 
NORTH OF MOUNT TABOR BAPTIST CHURCH AND CROSSED MOUNT TABOR ROAD 
ONCE AGAIN ABOUT 175 YARDS NORTH OF BENNETT ROAD. WHEN DOING SO, THE 
EF0 TORNADO CAUSED SOFTWOOD TREE DAMAGE AND LIFTED AND DESTROYED A 
CARPORT. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED TOWARDS HINTON'S ORCHARD AND 
FARM MARKET. THE ORCHARD HAD PARTIAL LOSS OF ITS METAL ROOF ON THE 
WESTERN SIDE OF THE BUILDING. THE PROPERTY ALSO HAS SEVERAL 
GREENHOUSES DAMAGED. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED CAMPBELLSVILLE ROAD 
AND DISSIPATED A SHORT DISTANCE LATER. WINDS WERE CONSISTENTLY 
ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 75-85 MPH ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH. 
EF SCALE:  THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE 
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK.....65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK.....86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG...111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG...136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT..166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT..>200 MPH

NOTE:  THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT 
TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS 
STORM DATA.

Severe Weather Threat Wednesday

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A threat of strong to severe thunderstorms increases over the area Wednesday evening into the overnight hours. At this time, the highest threat of severe weather stretches along and west of the I-65 corridor from through central Kentucky. Straight-line damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be the main threats, with severe storms for Central and Eastern Kentucky. The biggest question is how fast these storms will move in, and how much energy will be available for them once they arrive. This will significantly affect how intense storms will be in our area. Please stay weather aware throughout the day tomorrow; we will be tracking it every second! Below are the latest slides/Info from the SPC/NWS:

Bottom Line

  • Gusty winds of 30-40 mph Wednesday afternoon
  • Strong to severe storms expected Wednesday evening into the overnight hours
  • Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are the main threats, although large hail and localized flash flooding are possible

SPC Outlook 

 

TIMING 

 

 

 

 

 

Severe Weather Likely Wednesday

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Isolated thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday afternoon and could become strong to severe. However, a more significant threat of strong to severe thunderstorms will be seen across the outlook area on Wednesday afternoon into the overnight hours. Our biggest question mark will be the availability of instability (energy) when the line arrives. At this time, the highest risk of severe weather is in  Western Ky, and west of I-65 in central Kentucky, as instability will be highest there. The main threat with
strong/severe storms will be straight-line winds, with the potential for an isolated embedded spin-up tornado within the line. 

Bottom Line: 

  • A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to develop in advance of the cold front.
  • Damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will be possible will be possible with these storms.
  • Isolated severe storms possible Wednesday afternoon, but more widespread severe potential between 8pm EDT and 4 am EDT
  • Stay tuned, as there is still some uncertainy with this system 

 

SPC OUTLOOK: 

 

 

Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

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Multiple rounds of showers and storms are possible through Wednesday night. The best chances for storms will be Monday night and Wednesday into Wednesday night. A few storms on Monday night could produce locally heavy rainfall and some hail, and strong to severe storms are possible Wednesday and Wednesday night. The main hazard Wednesday and Wednesday night will be damaging winds, but all severe weather modes are possible. Wednesday has my attention, and I think it is the most significant severe weather threat we have seen this year. Right now, I think the higher threat lies across the western part of the state, which is some good news for us locally. The current forecast is for a line of strong to severe storms to push across the state, but as we progress into Wednesday night, this line will begin to weaken. When this weakening starts will have a significant effect on how intense the storms will be when they arrive in central Kentucky. All interests should stay updated on the forecast as we iron out the details.

Wednesday SPC Outlook 

 

 

Snowflakes Possible Friday and Saturday

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Unseasonably cold weather is expected Friday night through Saturday night, with a few snow showers possible late Friday night into Saturday morning. Some slushy accumulation is possible, but nothing significant is expected. A freeze is likely Sunday morning before temperatures rise into the middle 60's on Sunday. Temperatures next week will jump into the 70's, with strong/severe storms possible. We will keep you updated as needed! 

Future Radar Saturday Morning 

 

 

 

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