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Unusual morningtime tornadoes swept through parts of southern Kentucky on April 27, 2011 ahead of a powerful storm system.  That same system would go on to produce deadly tornadoes up to EF5 strength across Mississippi and Alabama that afternoon.

Radar loop Click on the image to see a radar loop of the time period when the tornadoes struck southern Kentucky.
Weather Map Click on the image to see a weather map that was drawn at about the same time as the first tornado touchdown that morning.

Green County

Event:  Tornado
EF Scale:  EF1
Begin time:  6:32am CDT
End time:  6:35am CDT
Begin point:  Downtown Greensburg
End point:  2.8 miles northeast of Greensburg
Wind speed:  105 mph
Path length:  2.8 miles
Path width:  150 yards
Injuries:  0
Fatalities:  0

Numerous windows and chimneys were damaged in downtown Greensburg.  Trees were snapped and uprooted along US 68 throughout the path.  Greensburg's industrial park suffered the worst damage when a brick building suffered exterior and interior damage.  North of Bluff Boom Road the tornado significantly damaged a mobile home and destroyed two barns. 

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The following photos were taken by a NWS Storm Survey Team.  Click on an image for a larger version.

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Monroe and Cumberland Counties

Event:  Tornado
EF Scale:  EF1
Begin time:  7:02am CDT
End time:  7:06am CDT
Begin point:  1 mile northwest of Vernon
End point:  2.3 miles northeast of Judio
Wind speed:  110 mph
Path length:  6 miles
Path width:  0.35 mile
Injuries:  0
Fatalities:  0

Two large barns and several outbuildings were destroyed.  Hundreds of hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted, with a few trees landing on houses causing roof damage.  A few other houses in the vicinity had minor structural damage as well.

Track map

The following photographs were taken by a NWS Storm Survey Team.  Click on an image to see a larger version.

 

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The following photographs were taken by the Cumberland County Emergency Manager:

 

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Lincoln County

Though Lincoln County did not experience a tornado, straight line winds up to hurricane force buffeted Crab Orchard and damaged many trees.  The following photos are from a NWS Storm Survey Team:

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