April 26, 2011 Tornadoes

 

A lone super cell thunderstorm plowed across central Kentucky from Ohio County to Nelson County on the evening of April 26, 2011.  It was the only storm around, and was able to grow very large.  The storm had strong rotation during its entire lifetime, and managed to put down three tornadoes along its path.

April 26, 2011 weather map Low pressure moving from Iowa to Indiana brought a cold front into the region, which sparked numerous showers and thunderstorms throughout the Mississippi Valley.  Though the storm that produced the tornadoes on this page was all by itself, many more storms moved in from the west overnight.
April 26, 2011 radar Here you can view a radar loop of the event.

Grayson County

Tornado #1:
EF Scale:  EF2
Begin point:  1.1 miles southwest of Tar Hill
End point:  1.8 miles east of Tar Hill
Wind speed:  125 mph
Path length:  2.9 miles
Path width:  1/4 mile

The tornado touched down along Danny Sadler Road and crossed KY 920 and KY 720, lifting near Burkhead Lane.  On Danny Sadler Road a single wide trailer was destroyed and farm equipment was thrown 50 yards.  Elsewhere along the path numerous large hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted.  Numerous barns and outbuildings were destroyed with their siding thrown 500 yards.  A new 24 foot travel trailer was destroyed.  Fifteen homes had major roof damage. 

Tornado #2:
EF Scale:  EF0
Begin point:  1.3 miles southwest of Tar Hill
End point:  1.1 miles south southwest of Tar Hill
Wind speed:  75 mph
Path length:  1/3 mile
Path width:  60 yards

This small tornado touched down just south of Danny Sadler Road west of KY 920.  Trees were snapped and uprooted, and power lines were blown down.

Grayson County Tornado Track Map April 26, 2011

 

These photos were taken by a NWS Storm Survey Team west of Big Clifty in the Tar Hill area.  Click on an image for a larger version.

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The following three pictures were taken from high above Grayson County by private pilots Roy Cantrall and Glen Norman.  They departed from Elizabethtown in a Piper Cherokee 140, N4336T.  Any private pilot who might be interested in flying damage survey paths for the Louisville office of the National Weather Service can e-mail brian.schoettmer@noaa.gov for more details.

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Hardin County

Event:  Tornado
EF Scale:  EF1
Begin point:  2.2 miles east northeast of Glendale
End point:  2.9 miles east northeast of Glendale
Wind speed:  105 mph
Path length:  0.7 mile
Path width:  up to 125 yards

The tornado formed just west of Interstate 65 and crossed the highway, the Hardin County Fairgrounds, and lifted just east of the intersection of First Union Church Road and Sportsman Lake Road.  On the fairgrounds the tornado struck a large livestock barn as well as the fairgrounds' restaurant.  The roof of the restaurant was thrown westward on top of a livestock barn.  Metal siding was thrown 250 yards and several trees were snapped and uprooted.  Near the end of the path there was roof damage to a one story house as well as downed power lines.

Hardin County Tornado April 26, 2011

 

These photos were taken by a NWS Storm Survey Team about two and a half miles east northeast of Glendale.  Click on an image for a larger version.

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The following three pictures were taken from high above the Hardin County fairgrounds by private pilots Roy Cantrall and Glen Norman.  They departed from Elizabethtown in a Piper Cherokee 140, N4336T.  Any private pilot who might be interested in flying damage survey paths for the Louisville office of the National Weather Service can e-mail brian.schoettmer@noaa.gov for more details.

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Ohio County

Though no tornado touched down in Ohio County, the storm still had an amazing look to it, as evidenced by these photographs:

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4 miles north of Hartford.  Lois Hicks

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Beaver Dam.  Caitlin Wilson

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Echols.  Justice Daugherty

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Hartford.  Forwarded to us by Scott Dimmich of NEWS 25 in Evansville

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Hartford. 

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Ohio County High School.

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