June 26, 2013 Larue County EF-2 Tornado
Damage Type: Tornado
Begin Time: 10:25 PM EDT
End Time: 10:33 PM EDT
EF Scale: 2
Wind Speed: 100 - 135 MPH
Path Length: Approx. 7.0 miles
Path Width: 150-300 yards
The tornado initially touched down near the Hardin-Larue
County border between Routes 210 and 61 just north of Tonieville.
From there, the tornado moved east-northeast. On Castleman Road,
just northwest of the Castleman-Carter Brothers Road intersection, a
metal shop building had its metal sheeting roof taken off and
thrown downwind 100-150 yards. The garage doors were bent and
pushed in. Insulation was everywhere. Several trees were uprooted or
branches snapped. Here, the tornado was estimated to be EF1 with a
maximum wind speed of 100-105 mph.
On Carter Brothers Road, a large RV inside a metal shed was blown
onto its side and the shed it was in was destroyed. Here, a 2-story
pole tobacco barn was also destroyed. Red and white oak and walnut
trees were either sheared off or many large limbs down. Across the
road, a metal livestock building was destroyed with chaotic damage
around a house. In these areas, the tornado was estimated around 115
mph or EF2.
Next, along State Road 1607, not far from Salem Church Road and Dan
Dunn Road, a silo was crumbled and some parts of a corn field were
mashed down. Some Bradford pear trees were uprooted on Dan Dunn Road.
Considerable damage occurred on parts of Slack Road. A 1-room school
house was destroyed. A dairy farming operation just up the road had
several barns destroyed, along with some trees uprooted and branches
snapped. The worst damage was at the dairy farm, where estimated
winds were 130-135 mph, or high-end EF2.
Also on Slack Road, a 2-story house had its entire roof blown off.
Blown-in insulation was caked onto the entire back side of the
house (on the back side of the direction of motion of the tornado).
A shed was blown down here as well along with a few trees uprooted.
Here, winds were estimated around 120 mph (EF2).
The exact end point of the tornado was difficult to determine as it
went into a limited access area of many trees in north-northeast
Larue County. The tornado may have skipped a few times along its
path over the landscape.