Five Tornadoes Touch Down in Eastern Kentucky Tuesday April 3rd, 2007...

A strong cold front swept southeast across Kentucky early on Wednesday April 4th.  In advance of this frontal boundary, an intense squall line of thunderstorms moved across eastern Kentucky.  Along with numerous reports of severe wind and hail, at least five tornadoes have been confirmed to have touched down, two in Harlan County, two in Pulaski County, and one in Laurel County.  More information on these tornadoes can be found below...

Pulaski County...

A STORM ASSESSMENT TEAM DETERMINED THAT A TORNADO MOVED FROM CASEY
COUNTY INTO PULASKI COUNTY...BEFORE LIFTING ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF THE COUNTY
LINE. THE TORNADO PARTIALLY TORE A WELL BUILT POLE BARN ROOF OFF NEAR THE
COUNTY LINE. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF1...WITH A PATH LENGTH INSIDE PULASKI
COUNTY OF APPROXIMATELY 0.8 MILES...AND A PATH WIDTH OF 75 YARDS.

A  SECOND BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS CONFIRMED 1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF
HOGUE IN PULASKI COUNTY. THE TORNADO WAS EMBEDDED IN A LARGE AREA OF
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WHICH OCCURRED ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 3RD
2007. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH
WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 90 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A WOODED
AREA AT 843 PM...CAUSING NUMEROUS TREES TO BE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED.

Laurel County...

A STORM ASSESSMENT TEAM CONSISTING OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
PERSONNEL AND LAUREL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TOURED DAMAGE
ALONG HIGHWAY 80 EAST OF LONDON. THE DAMAGE PATTERN SHOWED A PERSISTANT
CONVERGENT PATTERN WITH EVIDENCE OF TWISTING...CONSISTENT WITH THAT
CAUSED BY A TORNADO.  ADDITIONALLY...SEVERAL EYEWITNESSES REPORTED
SEEING A TORNADO.

THE INITIAL TORNADIC DAMAGE WAS ALONG HIGHWAY 80 JUST EAST OF KY
830. A FRAME AND METAL BARN WAS DESTROYED...WITH DEBRIS CARRIED
HUNDREDS OF YARDS TO THE NORTHEAST.  LARGE HARDWOOD TREES WERE
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED AT THIS LOCATION...AND A WELL TIED DOWN MOBILE
HOME WAS PUSHED OFF IT`S BLOCKS.

THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED EAST-SOUTHEAST WITH SNAPPED TREES AND
SPORADIC ROOF DAMAGE.  ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN A
STORE HAD IT`S ROOF COMPLETELY REMOVED.  THE LAST EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE
WAS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF KY 80 AND KY 488.

PATH LENGTH APPROXIMATELY 1.8 MILES...MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH
APPROXIMATELY 50 YARDS.  MAXIMUM DAMAGE WAS RATED EF1 WITH WINDS
AROUND 105 MPH.

The following photos were taken by the damage survey team in Laurel County.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlan County...

...TWO TORNADOES TOUCHDOWN IN HARLAN COUNTY...
...THESE ARE THE FIRST CONFIRMED TORNADOES ON RECORD FOR HARLAN COUNTY...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL AND HARLAN COUNTY OFFICIALS
COMPLETED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE IN HARLAN COUNTY.

WIND DAMAGE AT THE HOSPITAL EXTENDING NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 421
WAS CAUSED BY A MICROBURST.  THE HOSPITAL SUFFERED A PIECE OF LOST
ROOFING AND DAMAGE TO VENTILATION UNITS ON THE ROOF.  THERE WAS
SCATTERED INSTANCES OF ROOF DAMAGE AND NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ALL THE
WAY UP INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACROSS FROM THE HOSPITAL.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF HARLAN
BEHIND THE HIGH SCHOOL BUS LOT ON HIGHWAY 421.  A MAINTENANCE
BUILDING SUFFERED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...AND A NEARBY TRAILER SUFFERED
HEAVY ROOF DAMAGE. THE PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.3 MILES...AND
THE MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH WAS 25 YARDS. MAXIMUM DAMAGE WAS RATED EF0 WITH
WINDS AROUND 80 MPH. 

THE SECOND TORNADO OCCURRED ALONG HIGHWAY 1137 JUST NORTH OF
POPEVILLE. NUMEROUS LARGE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND TWISTED IN A
CONVERGENT PATTERN.  AN OLD BARN WAS DESTROYED...AND THERE WERE
SCATTERED INSTANCES OF ROOF AND OUTBUILDING DAMAGE. PATH LENGTH
WAS APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE...AND MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH WAS 50 YARDS. MAXIMUM
DAMAGE WAS RATED EF0 WITH WINDS AROUND 75 MPH.

NEAR MANCHESTER IN CLAY COUNTY AN OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED WITH
DEBRIS SCATTERED ACROSS A PARKING LOT NEAR SKY AIRPORT ON HWY 80.
THE DAMAGE PATTERN AT THIS LOCATION WAS CONSISTENT WITH A
MICROBURST.

IN KNOX COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SURVEYED DAMAGE TO A MOBILE HOME PARK OFF HWY 459 JUST SOUTHWEST OF
BARBOURVILLE.  THE DAMAGE PATTERN HERE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A
MICROBURST.  SEVERAL POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED...AND ROOFS WERE
PEELED BACK OFF SEVERAL HOMES. AN ADDITIONAL LOCATION ON HWY 225
SOUTHEAST OF BARBOURVILLE WAS SURVEYED.  AN OLDER BUILDING HAD AN
UPPER STORY ADDITION BLOWN OFF WITH DEBRIS SCATTERED INTO A BUSINESS
ACROSS THE STREET.

The following photos were taken by the damage survey team in Harlan County.



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