A supercell thunderstorm developed in western Hardin County just before 2:30pm EST on January 2, 2006.  This storm was ahead of a line of storms moving across the region Monday afternoon.  The storm intensified as it approached Cecilia.

A strong low level circulation developed as the supercell moved into central Hardin County.  Just before 2:45pm EST a 100-yard-wide tornado touched down half a mile northwest of Cecilia on a farm on Wimp Lane.  The tornado increased to a fifth of a mile wide and F1 intensity damage occurred to several homes on Saint John Road.  The tornado increased to a quarter of a mile wide on US 31W approximately three miles north of Elizabethtown.  A gas station sustained significant damage along with a mobile home dealership.  The tornado then weakened to F1 strength along Cedar Hill Drive before lifting up just outside of Fort Knox.

Damage along the tornado's path consisted of multiple homes, sheds, garages, and barns with significant damage.  Many trees fell on vehicles and many large trees were uprooted.  The most concentrated damage was sustained just south of the Hardin County High School at the mobile home dealership and the gas station.

Start:  Half a mile west-northwest of Cecilia at 2:43pm EST
End:  Two miles southeast of Longview at 2:58pm EST
Fujita Scale:  F2
Path Length:  Just under ten miles
Path Width:  Up to a quarter of a mile wide

If you have additional information or pictures of this storm please contact us at 502-969-8842 or e-mail us at w-lmk.webmaster@noaa.gov .

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Many thanks to Steven and Angela Townsend/Code 3 Images for sending us these Elizabethtown pictures!  Click on the images for a larger image.

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Photos of the actual tornado



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We can do little to prevent a tornado from occurring, but by knowing the safety rules, we can minimize the number of deaths and injuries.

A tornado watch means that tornado development is possible. Keep a watchful eye on the sky for threatening weather and stay tuned to radio and television and listen for weather bulletins.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Persons in the path of the storm should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a storm cellar, underground excavation, or in a steel-framed or concrete reinforced building.

In homes, the basement offers the greatest safety. Seek shelter under sturdy furniture, if possible. In homes without basements , take cover in the center part of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Stay away from windows.

In schools, hospitals, and shopping centers, move to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on lowest floors are best. If the building is not of reinforced construction, go to a nearby one that is, or take cover outside on low, protected ground. Stay out of auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with wide free-span roofs.

In open country, move away from the tornado/s path at right angles. If there is not time to escape, lie flat in the nearest ditch or ravine.

In your car, do not try to outrun a tornado. If available, take shelter in a sturdy structure. Otherwise, get in the nearest ditch or depression until the tornado passes.

Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds and should be evacuated when strong winds or tornadoes are forecast. Damage can be minimized by securing trailers with cables anchored in concrete footing. Trailer parks should have community storm shelters. If there is no shelter nearby, leave the trailer park and take cover on low-protected ground.


The Fujita Scale, developed by Dr. Theodore Fujita, assigns a numerical rating from F0 to F5 to rate the intensity of tornadoes. F0 and F1 tornadoes are considered "weak" tornadoes, F2 and F3 are classified as "strong" tornadoes, where F4 and F5 are categorized as "violent" tornadoes. The F scale is based on tornado damage (primarily to buildings), so there is some ambiguity in the scale, but nonetheless, it provides a good baseline for classifying tornadoes according to their intensity.


0 < 73 Light damage. Some damage to chimneys; breaks branches off trees; pushes over shallow-rooted trees; damages sign boards.
1 73-112 Moderate damage. The lower limit is the beginning of hurricane-force wind speed; peels surface off roofs; mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off roads.
2 113-157 Considerable damage. Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles generated; Cars lifted off ground.
3 158-206 Severe damage. Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
4 207-260 Devastating damage. Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown off some distance; cars thrown and large missiles generated.
5 261-318 Incredible damage. Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried considerable distance to disintegrate; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters (109 yds); trees debarked; incredible phenomena will occur.


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