A line of severe thunderstorms moved through Madison County on Monday, January 2, 2006. The line of storms was associated with a very powerful system that was responsible for several tornadoes and much wind damage across central Kentucky. Around 5:00pm EST a line of severe storms entered Madison County. The strongest part of the storms moved just north of Berea.
An official National Weather Service Storm Survey Team completed a storm survey, and found that the damage was concentrated in a relatively small area near the following locations: Herndon Lane, Carpenter Lane, and Chappel Road.
In the Herndon Lane and Carpenter Lane areas structural damage was onserved with many roofs blown off mobile homes, windows broken out of homes, and many trees down. Eye-witnesses described events consistent with those generated by microbursts or straight-line wind type damage. In the Chappel Road area one mobile home sustained significant roof and structural damage. Eye-witnesses again described events consistent with microbursts and straight-line wind type damage.
The combination of observed damage along with interviews with eye-witnesses and viewing archived National Weather Service Doppler radar data convinced survey team members that the damage was created by straight-line winds. Those winds were estimated to have been around 100 mph.
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These pictures were taken through the efforts of the Civilian Air Patrol:
The following photos document what non-tornadic winds can do. Wind speeds were estimated at 100 mph. Photos were taken by an official National Weather Service Storm Survey Team.