February 29, 2012 Hardin County EF-2

February 29, 2012 Hardin County EF-2

Strength:  EF-2

Wind Speed:  125-130 mph

Path Length:  5.0 miles

Path Width:  250 yards Maximum

Estimated touchdown/ending time:  9:55 AM EST - 10:07 AM EST

The tornado began as a 125 yard wide tornado near 4510 Gather Station Road damaging a barn and traveled towards New Glendale Road and Overall Phillips Road damaging some homes and knocking down many trees and fences. The storm crossed Interstate 65 but did not strike any vehicles. The twister struck several homes lifting many roof structures off of Wildwood Drive and Sportmans Lake Road. It increased in width to 250 yards and struck the Harry Owen trucking company buckling roof trusses and spreading significant debris over Lincoln Parkway into a mobile home park. Next it destroyed a working garage and did significant damage to three homes off of Hodgenville Road and uprooting and twisting many trees before lifting a couple of hundred yards downwind.

Aerial photos of the damage in Hardin County, courtesy Paul Osborne of Kentucky Volunteer Aviators:

 

Photos of the damage in Hardin County from the official NWS storm survey:

 

Photos of the damage in Hardin County, courtesy Doug Finlay:

         
       

 

         
         
         

 

 

 

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