A supercell thunderstorm developed in northwestern Hart County around 2:45pm EST January 2, 2006.  This storm was ahead of a line of storms moving across the region Monday afternoon.  The storm intensified as it approached Interstate 65.  A strong low level circulation developed as the supercell moved into southwestern Larue County.  Just before 2:50pm EST a 250 yard wide F1 tornado touched down near Talley, which is two miles east of Interstate 65 near Exit 76.  The tornado was on the ground for about a mile and a half.  It destroyed several outbuildings and did moderate damage to barns on Upton Road.  The tornado moved a 2700 pound motorboata 220 feet and changed its direction 180 degrees.The tornado touched down again as an F0 twister near the intersection of Oak Hill Road and KY 1517.  The storm was on the ground for approximately half a mile with a width of 150 yards.  It lifted again and touched down for the third time just north of Tucker Creek on Munfordville Road.  This was once again an F0 tornado with a width of 100 yards and a length of a quarter of a mile. 

This storm also produced hail two and a half inches in diameter on Cruse Road in Larue County.

Damage along the tornado path included multiple homes, sheds, garages, and barns with moderate damage.  Many trees fell on vehicles and some large trees were uprooted.  The most concentrated damage was near Talley.

Start:  2 miles east-southeast of Upton near Exit 76 on Interstate 65
End:  One mile east of Tanner
Fujita Scale:  F1
Path Length:  Six miles (skipping)
Path Width:  Up to 250 yards

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

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Talley, Kentucky

The following photographs were taken by the official National Weather Service Storm Survey Team in Larue County:

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The boat in the top left picture was tossed 220 feet and turned 180 degrees.

The following photographs were taken by Mrs. Sherman Skaggs of Larue County:

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SAFETY RULES FOR TORNADOES

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.

FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY SCALE

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.

 

SCALE WIND SPEED (MPH) DAMAGE
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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