EF-3 Tornado

Garrard and Madison Counties

May 8, 2009

EF-scale:  EF3
Deaths:  2

Injuries:  several
Path width:  150 yards
Path length:  22 miles
Time:  4:55pm EDT - 5:19pm EDT

The tornado touched down in eastern Garrard County on Bethel Road just west of the intersection with Nina Ridge Road.  It almost immediately produced EF-1 damage and quickly increased to EF-2 sterngth before crossing into Madison County just 1.3 miles later.  The second house hit by the tornado, nearly at the tornado's inception point, was badly damaged and a bill from that house was carried 35 miles to the northeast, landing in the yard of a National Weather Service employee in Powell County!

Near the intersection of KY 1295 and KY 52 in Madison County the tornado reached low-end EF-3 intensity.  Two adults were killed when the mobile home they were in was picked up and thrown by the tornado.  The bodies of the dead were found in a nearby pond.  Five others were in the mobile home and were injured.  One person was paralyzed from the neck down, and a four year old child suffered a fractured skull and broken leg.

The tornado continued northeast across the Blue Grass Army Depot, which received minor damage, and then into the Waco community where more damage was inflicted.  The tornado lifted near the end of Drowning Creek Road northeast of Waco.

Track Map

 

National Weather Service pictures (click on the image for a larger version):

 

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Photos contributed by Mark and Jennifer Whitt (click on the image for a larger version):

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Photos from near the Garrard/Madison county line contributed by Mitch Farthing (click on the image for a larger version):

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This phone bill was found in a National Weather Service employee's yard in Powell County.  It was blown from the second home the tornado struck, 35 miles to the southwest in Garrard County!

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