Tornadoes of February 28, 2011

As seen on the map below, a strong cold front pushed from northwest to southeast across southern Indiana and central Kentucky during the morning hours of February 28, 2011.  A powerful squall line formed ahead of this front in eastern Kansas, and charged east all the way to the Appalachians.  Several tornadoes formed within the squall line, and most of them touched down along a narrow corridor from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to DuBois and Clark Counties in Indiana and Jefferson, Oldham, and Henry Counties in Kentucky.  The tornadoes occurred during the pre-dawn hours when most people were still asleep, but fortunately there were no fatalities with the early morning storms.
Synoptic Map from the morning of February 28

Storm reports from the morning of February 28, 2011
Storm reports from the morning of the 28th.  The red dots represent tornadoes, the blue dots are wind damage, and the green dots are large hail.

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Crawford County

 

 

...EF-1 Tornado in Lincoln County...

Begin Time: 6:49am EST
End Time: 6:56am EST
Begin Point: 0.8 miles southwest of Stanford
End Point: 2.08 miles northwest of Crab Orchard
Wind Speed: 100 mph
Path Length: 8.2 miles
Path Width: 250 Yards
No Injuries or Fatalities

The tornado first touched down about 0.8 miles southwest of Stanford.  It then traveled southeast damaging the middle school complex on Highway 27 about a mile south of Stanford.  The tornado continued to damage large barns and out buildings as well as snap trees until it lifted about 2.08 miles northwest of Crab Orchard. 

Below is a radar image of the storm that produced this tornado as well as a damage path.

  

 

 Photos from the NWS storm survey team:

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...EF2 Tornado in DuBois County...

Begin time:  3:19am EST
End time:  3:30am EST
Begin point:  5.6 miles southwest of Jasper
End point:  1.6 miles northeast of Celestine

This tornado touched down twice:

First Segment
EF Scale:  1
Wind speed:  100 mph
Path length:  9.9 miles
Path width:  75 yards
No injuries or fatalities

Second segment
EF Scale:  2
Wind speed:  125 mph
Path length:  5.8 miles
Path width:  225 yards
One minor injury, no fatalities

The tornado first touched down just north of Duff east of County Road 650W.  At touchdown straight-line wind damage was also observed to the south of the tornado.  Damage to several large metal buildings, a large barn, and a radio tower were observed as the tornado crossed DuBois County south of Jasper.

After a brief break in the path, the tornado touched down four miles southwest of Celestine and took a slight turn to the northeast.  The most significant damage along this segment was in Celestine near Ellsworth Road.  Damage included roofs blown off two brick homes with the walls collapsed in one home.  In addition a double-wide trailer was blown off its foundation and an RV was tossed across the road.  One minor injury was reported.

Below is a radar image of the storm that produced this tornado.

The image below shows the total length of both tornado paths. The small break between the two separate tracks is not shown.

 

 Photos from Emergency Management:

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 Photos from NWS:

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Photos from Huntingburg Airport:

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...EF-3 Tornado in Henry County...

Begin time:  4:59am EST
End time:  5:01am EST
Begin point:  1.5 miles southeast of Eminence
End point:  3 miles east of Eminence
Wind speed:  140 mph
Path length:  2.3 miles
Path width:  150 yards
1 minor injury

The tornado touched down just to the southwest of KY 1899 (Mulberry Pike), crossing into Springhill Estates subdivision.  Two homes were destroyed here along with three outbuildings.  Trees were uprooted and snapped.  The tornado then weakened as it traveled across KY 1359.  Fifteen power poles were blown down along the highway.  One barn was destroyed and another had the roof blown off.  The tornado continued across KY 22 where trees were blown down and one outbuilding was damaged.  The tornado lifted near Drennon Creek.

Below is a radar image of the storm that produced this tornado.

 

 Photos from Kevin Harned of WAVE-TV, who accompanied the NWS storm survey team:

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...EF-1 Tornado from Clark County Indiana into Jefferson County Kentucky...

Begin time:  4:31am EST
End time:  4:34am EST
Begin point:  1.8 miles west of Utica
End point:  1 mile west southwest of Prospect
Wind speed:  100 mph
Path length:  3 miles
Path width:  100 yards

This tornado touched down in Clark County near Centennial Boulevard.  Large hardwood trees were uprooted along the tornado's path towards Utica.  A house on Middle Road had a tin roof blown off and thrown 200 yards.  A couple of garage doors were dented in.  Winds along this part of the tornado path were estimated to be 85 mph (EF0) with a path width of 100 yards.  The tornado then crossed the Ohio River and moved into Harrods Creek.  Numerous large hardwood trees were snapped in half.  A section of roof was blown off a house.  In Harrods Creek winds were estimated to be 100 mph (EF1) with a path width of 100 yards.  The tornado lifted just west of US 42.  

NWS Photos of Tornado Damage in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Harrods Creek):

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NWS Photos of Straight-line Wind Damage in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Worthington):

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...Straight-line Wind Damage in Orange County...

Begin time:  3:46 AM EST
End time:  3:48 AM EST
Location:  3 separate locations about 1-3 miles north of Valeene
Wind Speed: 70-75 mph
No injuries or fatalities

Straight line wind damage occurred in southeast Orange County at 3 separate locations just north of Valeene.  About 2 miles northwest of Valeene, an outbuilding was destroyed and a large cedar tree was uprooted.  The cedar tree broke an electric pole and pulled wires down to the ground.  About 2.7 miles northwest of Valeene, a barn was damaged and a tree top and tv antenna pole were broken.  About 1.25 miles northeast of Valeene, another barn was damaged.  Winds were estimated at 70-75 mph.

 NWS Photos of Straight-line Wind Damage in Southeast Orange County 

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 ...Straight-line Wind Damage in Franklin County...

Begin time:  5:10 AM EST
End time:  5:13 AM EST
Begin Point: 1 mile southeast of Polsgrove
End Point:  1 mile southeast of Swallowfield
Wind Speed: 60-70 mph
Path Length:  Sporadic 2 miles
Path Width:  100 yards
No injuries or fatalities

Straight line winds caused sporadic wind damage across northern Franklin County.  An older large barn was blow down off of McDonalds Ferry Road.  In addition, one large mature tree was split in two.  Winds were estimated at 60 mph.

Farther east, a large tractor shed was blown down on Bates Road just northwest of the Frankfort Fish Hatchery.  The shed was 40 by 20 by 10 feet and a portion of the roof was thrown 75 yards to the east.  Several pine trees were also blown down off of Indian Gap Road.  Winds were estimated at 65-70 mph.

NWS Photos of Straight-line Wind Damage in Northern Franklin County 

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...EF-1 Tornado in Oldham County...

Begin time:  4:43 AM EST
End time:  4:45 AM EST
Begin Point: 2 miles south of Buckner
End Point:  2 miles southeast of Buckner
Wind Speed: 90-100 mph
Path Length:  1.2 miles
Path Width:  75 yards
No injuries or fatalities

A National Weather Service storm damage survey determined that widespread straight line winds cause sporadic damage across southern Oldham county.  A more focused damage path was found in a forested area west of Highway 393, where a tornado briefly touched down.  Numerous pine and cedar trees were uprooted or snapped and a few outbuildings were damaged.  Homes had shingle and siding damage.  The damage stretched across much of the county.

NWS Photos of Straight-line Wind and Tornado Damage in Oldham County.  The first two images are from Crestwood, whereas the last two are from a forested area just west of Highway 393 near Centerfield.

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More photos from the Crestwood area in Oldham County.  The first three pictures are from Diane Ormerod, and the fourth is from Brandon Terry.

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Straight-line winds were strong in Crawford County, too:

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Photo:  Wade Bell


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