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November Tornadoes

November 28, 1879
Counties:  Jefferson KY
F-scale:  F1
Deaths: 
Injuries:  several
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Time:  6:04pm
Narrative:  A tornado, which possessed a "wrenching, spiral motion" according to witnesses and was described in the newspaper as "whirling and tossing about like a monster in pain" moved northeast through the southeast part of Louisville, damaging over a hundred buildings.  A warehouse containing five hundred barrels of whiskey was destroyed.  The tornado touched down near the intersection of Saint James Court and Magnolia Avenue, where it tore down several fences in Central Park.  The first home damaged was on Fourth Street opposite the park.  Eagle Park (primarily used for baseball) was damaged between Third and Fourth streets and Ormsby and Park avenues, and a home was damaged on Third Street opposite the park.  Considerable damage was done in what was then known as Brownstown, and today is Old Louisville.  Many roofs were removed there, and damage was reported at the corner of First and Ormsby.  The tornado then intensified and produced some of its worst damage at Preston Street and Mechanic Street (Mechanic Street was today's Saint Catherine and Mary streets).  Houses were unroofed at the intersection of Preston and Mechanic, a small brick slaughterhouse on Mechanic was demolished, and a two and a half story brick house on Mechanic was badly damaged.  Continuing to the northeast, a home was damaged at the corner of Kentucky and Shelby streets and brick cottages on Kentucky near Shelby were wrecked.  A roof was removed on Mary Street near Swan Street, and some light damage was done along Fischer Avenue, though those damages were probably from straight-line winds.  The tornado advanced to the northeast.  Significant damage occurred on Broadway near Cave Hill Cemetery.  The twister then moved into the cemetery and inflicted terrible damage to trees and monuments.  The arch over the northern gateway was blown over.  The tornado lifted in the Irish Hill neighborhood.  Click here for a detailed map of the approximate path of the center of the tornado.


November 5, 1948
Counties:  Butler
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
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Path length:  3 miles
Time:  4:30am
Narrative:  Moved east from near Rochester, unroofing a school and destroying a gym.  Farm buildings were destroyed.

November 5, 1948
Counties:  Hardin
F-scale:  F3
Deaths:  1
Injuries:  2
Path width:    50 yards
Path length:  6 miles
Time:  5:45am
Notes:  Wind damage occurred in a five mile wide swath from Howe Valley to three miles east of Elizabethtown.  Within this area of high winds, an F3 tornado swept from about two miles northwest of Cecelia to three miles east of Elizabethtown.  The worst of the tornado took place at its inception on Bethlehem Academy Road, where a barn was destroyed killing a woman inside.  A nearby house was lifted bodily from its foundation, power lines were torn down, and a white leghorn rooster was stripped of its feathers.  Trees were blown down in Saint John.  Proceeding further to the east, power lines were downed on Old Cecilia Road and a barn was destroyed on Saint John Road three miles west of Elizabethtown.  The tornado then weakened considerably, and the only significant damage done in Elizabethtown was power lines getting ripped down on North Dixie Highway.  Leaving town, the tornado restrengthened and demolished a barn and a nearby house, and unroofed several homes three miles from Elizabethtown on US 62, where the twister grew to a quarter mile wide.  However it dissipated soon thereafter.  Straight-line winds tore down trees and power poles and damaged barns at Howe Valley, Franklin Cross Roads, Cecilia, Patterson, Tabb (four miles west of Elizabethtown on US 62), Glendale, Sonora, and on Springfield Road three miles east of Elizabethtown.

November 20, 1950
Counties:  Scott, KY
F-scale:  F1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  100 yards
Path length:  5 miles
Time:  4:00am
Notes:  A strong thunderstorm passed through Georgetown in the pre-dawn hours.  Wind damage was spread across about a six mile wide swath south through east of town, with a small tornado embedded within.  The actual tornado probably touched down just west of Lexington Road about 3/4 of a mile northwest of the Fayette County line.  It traveled to the northeast across Lemons Mill Road and then to the north-northeast along Crumbaugh Road, across Paris Pike, and up Old Oxford Road, dissipating before reaching Cynthiana Road.  The first places hit were the Anderson Farm about three miles south of Georgetown, where a cabin lost its roof, the Showalters Farm just south of there, and Julia Marcum's place next door to the Showalters.  Julia's barn's roof was blown into Georgetown Cemetery.  Then the barn of T. P. Pickett was unroofed on Lemons Mill Road.  On Lemons Mill Pike the John Drake Farm and the home of Dr. S. S. Amerson were hit.  Turning more towards the north, the roof of a barn on Crumbaugh Road owned by C. A. Thornton was blown off.  The Earl Watson farm was damaged as the tornado crossed Paris Pike.  The worst damage of the event occurred just before the tornado dissipated, when it removed the roof and broke the windows of a home owned by Lewis Oliver on Old Oxford Road.  The house was built in 1777 (this project wonders if it was the Charles Whitaker House).  After then damaging the Hixson Farm, the twister dissipated.  One resident on Oxford Pike said, "The noise of the twister was worse than the noise of a train passing near you."  Trees were uprooted all along the tornado's path.  Nearby straight-line wind damage in Georgetown was comparatively light.  A barn was slightly damaged in the South Hudson neighborhood, a barn was damaged on Fountain Avenue, and the home of Sheriff Deputy Murphy on Clayton Avenue lost its two chimneys and suffered other roof damage as well.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC call this an F1, Grazulis calls it an F2.  SPC gives a path length of 1/10 of a mile, NCDC provides no length, and Grazulis gives a length of 5 miles.  SPC gives a width of 10 yards, NCDC provides no width, and Grazulis gives 100 yards.  Grazulis' path length and width are probably more correct.

November 18, 1957
Counties:  Boyle
F-scale:  F1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  10 yards
Path length:  3 and a half miles
Time:  4:25pm to 4:30pm
Notes:  Tornado touched down on the Charles Caldwell Farm 3.5 miles southwest of Danville on Lebanon Road.  The tornado moved northeast into Danville, lifting shortly after cauing damage at 435 Frye's Lane south of downtown.  A dozen homes lost their roofs, and about a million dollars (1957) in damage was done.   A tobacco warehouse was demolished on the southwest side of town.  Along the tornado's path, plate-glass windows, signs, trees, and smaller buildings were smashed.
Noted discrepancies:  NCDC and SPC storm databases place a tornado in Metcalfe County at this time, and nothing in Boyle County.  Storm Data shows the tornado in Boyle County, and nothing in Metcalfe County.   Further research suggests that the Boyle County tornado did indeed happen as described above.   In Metcalfe County, damage reported at Center and Sulphur Well appears to be from straight-line winds.  The Metcalfe County damage consisted of house and barn damage, but was spread across an area three miles wide.  Lexington Weather Bureau meteorologist Dix Newtown felt it was straight-line wind damage at the time.  Some witnesses thought there might have been a small tornado, but no credible eye-witness accounts of a visibile funnel were received.  On this date a large tornado outbreak struck from Kentucky south to the Gulf States, so it's certainly within the realm of possiblity that a small tornado, perhaps embedded in straight-line winds, struck somewhere in Metcalfe County.  However, going on the research done by this project up to this point,  it has been determined that there was a small tornado in Boyle County, but no tornado in Metcalfe County.  If you have information you'd like to share about either storm, please let us know.

November 26, 1965
Counties:  Metcalfe
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  1
Injuries:  1
Path width:  30 yards
Path length:  6 miles
Time:  11:00pm
Notes:  Moved east from east of Hiseville to Savoyard and Sulphur Well.  A trailer was demolished east of Savoyard, in which a woman named Glinda Jeffries was killed.  Her body was carried about 100 yards.  Her husband was injured.  Their 2-year-old son remained unhurt.
Personal account from Brent Jeffries, cousin of Ronnie Jeffries, who was Glinda's husband:  Tee Jeffries, Ronnie's father, went to the trailer to tell them that a bad storm was coming up and asked if they wanted to go to his house. Tee's house was right beside Ronnie's trailer. Ronnie said, "No we are just going to go to bed."  So Tee started walking back to his house. Just as soon as Tee got on his car porch the tornado hit and sucked him up against the wall of his house. It threw Ronnie and Timmy, Ronnie's only son, into a mud puddle with just a few scratches. They found Glinda up in trees about 100 yards in front of her trailer. Tee climbed the tree and got her out. He said it felt like every bone in her body was broken but, she was still alive. They rushed her to T J Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow but, she died in Tee's arms about half a mile from the hospital. I was just 4 years old at the time but, I remember the wind blowing hard all that day. After the tornado hit my parents woke me up and we drove up there just about a mile away.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC give a path length of 5 miles, Grazulis and Storm Data give 6 miles (which appears more accurate).  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC 30 yards, Grazulis gives nothing.  SPC/NCDC start this tornado at Savoyard in Metcalfe County...Grazulis and Storm Data start it "east of Hiseville" with Grazulis starting it in Barren County but Storm Data only mentioning Metcalfe County (Hiseville is three miles inside Barren County) on KY 314.  In subsequent research, no evidence has been found of damage in Barren County, so will only include Metcalfe County at this time.

November 26, 1965
Counties:  Anderson
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  8
Path width:
Path length:  3 miles
Time:  11:05pm
Grazulis narrative:  Moved northeast from west of Lawrenceburg to the edge of town.  A trailer was demolished, and the occupants were severely injured.  A brick building was unroofed and had a wall blown down.  Many buildings had roof or other damage.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC, NCDC, and Storm Data give a path length of 3 miles, Grazulis gives 6 miles.  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC 30 yards, Storm Data 500 yards, Grazulis nothing.   Grazulis times this tornado one hour later (12:05am November 27)...could be a time zone issue here (either with Grazulis or the NWS).
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado touched down initially west of Lawrenceburg and moved into the downtown section of that city.  The storm then lifted but came back down at the eastern edge of town.  According to news accounts, damage was heavy in Lawrenceburg, especially in a three-block wide swath through downtown.  The Anderson County courthouse lost some of its roof.

November 19, 1970
Counties:  Ohio
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  18
Path width:  600 yards
Path length:  37 miles (skipping)
Time:  10:25pm
Notes:  This tornado likely touched down in eastern Muhlenberg County and traveled roughly northward through western Ohio County, including the Echols, Rockport, and Hartford areas, and into far eastern Daviess County around Whitesburg.  In the Rockport and Echols area the tornado was up to a quarter mile wide.  It destroyed a dozen houses and half a dozen mobile homes, damaged 40 other houses and several barns to some degree, and injured eleven people.  In Hartford two children were hospitalized when their trailer was overturned.  The tornado did its worst in Whitesville in Daviess County, damaging much of the town.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists Ohio and Daviess counties...NCDC lists only Ohio County...Grazulis lists Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.  SPC/NCDC lat/lon list this tornado as touching down in Daviess County, and provide no liftoff lat/lon.  Grazulis has the tornado starting in Muhlenberg County east of Greenville and he lifts it at Hartford in Ohio County (nowhere near the SPC/NCDC lat/lon).  SPC and NCDC list no injuries, Grazulis and Storm Data list 18.  SPC gives a path length of 1/10 of a mile (obviously wrong), NCDC gives nothing, and Grazulis gives 20 miles.  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC and Grazulis give nothing.  Storm Data mentions tornado-like damage at Whitesville in Daviess County.

November 19, 1970
Counties:  Perry IN
F-scale:  F3
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Time:  10:47pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC rank this as an F3...Grazulis does not list it.  The worst damage mentioned in Storm Data is the destruction of a barn and three farm buildings, along with scattered roof damage and a "wrecked" trailer. 
Notes:  According to Storm Data the tornado touched down on the southwest side of IN 66 at the west edge of Tell City.  The storm crossed IN 66 into a cemetery and trailer court.

November 25, 1973
Counties:  Trimble
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  4:00am
Noted discrepancies:  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC gives 30 yards.

November 22, 1992
Counties:  Henry
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  3:20pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC gives a time of 3:20pm, NCDC 2:20pm, Storm Data 4:20pm.
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado struck the north edge of Smithfield.


November 22, 1992
Counties:  Henry
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  3:40pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC gives a time of 3:40pm, NCDC says 2:40pm, Storm Data says 4:40pm.
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado touched down just north of Campbellsburg, then northeast of Tucker Station, then near Port Royal near the Carroll County line.

November 14, 1993
Counties:  Mercer
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  8:31am
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado touched down three miles south of Harrodsburg.

November 7, 1996
Counties:  Logan
F-scale:  F0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  30 yards
Path length:  10 miles (skipping)
Time:  12:35pm
Notes:  This small tornado did $500,000 damage to planes at Logan County Airport.  Five planes were destroyed.


November 7, 1996
Counties:  Simpson
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  12:55pm
Noted discrepancies:  Storm Data puts this tornado near Stowers...but can't find a Stowers on any map.


November 7, 1996
Counties:  Hart
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  1:45pm
Notes:  Storm Data mentions damage at Horse Cave and Hardyville.

November 9, 2000
Counties:  Hart
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  1:06pm
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from one mile southwest of Blowing Springs to one mile northwest of Blowing Springs.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Hart
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  1:15pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 70 yards, NCDC 73 yards, Storm Data 75 yards.  The lat/lon for this tornado shows it moving northwest, though no mention of that is made in the NCDC narrative.  Storm Data moved this tornado from three miles northwest of Horse Cave to five miles northwest of Horse Cave.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Cumberland
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  1:40pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 70 yards, NCDC 73 yards, Storm Data 75 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from one mile southwest of Burkesville to one mile northwest of Burkesville.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Marion
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  1:53pm
Notes:  Storm Data places this tornado two miles southeast of Lebanon.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Washington, KY
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  1:55pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 70 yards, NCDC 73 yards, Storm Data 75 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from half a mile south of Saint Catherine to one and a half miles northeast of Saint Catherine.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Washington KY
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  2:10pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 70 yards, NCDC 73 yards, Storm Data 75 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from half a mile northeast of Sharpsville to two miles northeast of Sharpsville.


November 9, 2000
Counties:  Woodford
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  2:34pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 70 yards, NCDC 73 yards, Storm Data 75 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from one mile northwest of Versailles to one mile north of Versailles.

November 10, 2002
Counties:  Allen
F-scale:  F1
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Path width:  25 yards
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Time:  2:00am
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 7 yards, NCDC 27 yards, Storm Data 25 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data says this occurred near New Roe.  Lat/lon given place it in Sumner County, Tennessee.  Will plot it between New Roe and the Tennessee border.


November 10, 2002
Counties:  Casey
F-scale:  F0
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Path width:  25 yards
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Time:  7:30pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 7 yards, NCDC 27 yards, Storm Data 25 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data says this struck Peyton Ridge.


November 10, 2002
Counties:  Lincoln
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  7:45pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 7 yards, NCDC 27 yards, Storm Data 25 yards.
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado struck Angel Ridge.

November 6, 2005
Counties:  Hart
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  200 yards
Path length:  1 mile
Time:  4:41am
Notes:  This tornado struck downtown Munfordville.  The tornado caused major damage to 44 homes and two businesses.   Twenty-five homes were declared uninhabitable.  Six businesses and 34 homes had minor damage.  Munfordville Elementary School had part of its roof removed.  About 50 vehicles in a car dealership lot were totaled.


November 15, 2005
Counties:  Logan
F-scale:  F1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  150 yards
Path length:  8 miles
Time:  5:36pm
Notes:  This tornado touched down just north of Adairville.  Many homes, trailers, outbuildings, and barns were damaged along the tornado's intermittent path.  The tornado lifted near the Simpson County line near KY 100.


November 15, 2005
Counties:  Simpson
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  150 yards
Path length:  1 mile
Time:  5:52pm
Notes:  This tornado touched down near Pilot Knob.  It damaged trailers and downed many trees.  Minimal F2.


November 15, 2005
Counties:  Warren
F-scale:  F1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  150 yards
Path length:  1 mile
Time:  6:07pm
Notes:  This tornado touched down in the Woodburn area.  It did F1 damage to at least three businesses, six homes, and numerous barns and outbuildings.

November 14, 2011
County:  Orange
EF-Scale: 
EF1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0

Path width:  50 yards
Path length:  2 miles
Time:  7:32pm EST
Notes: 
The tornado spun up west of Star Field on the north side of the Paoli School Complex, destroying a 100 year old barn and heavily damaging the roofs of two other outbuildings. It then took a large section of roofing off the Paoli Police Department building on West Main Street before snapping several trees along Lick Creek as it moved east-northeast toward the city square. On the square, the tornado ripped the metal roofs off of Reflections Flower Shop and Liberty Furniture.  Three chimneys of the Orange County Courthouse collapsed, most likely when hit by roof debris.  After crossing the square, the tornado continued moving east-northeast for another one and a quarter miles, snapping and uprooting trees and causing minor roof damage to several homes. Near the end of its path, the tornado spread debris from a metal outbuilding one tenth of a mile onto North Marshall Road.

November 17, 2013
County: Butler
EF-Scale: EF1
Deaths: 0
Injury: 1
Path width: 200 yards
Path length: 5.3 miles
Time: 4:10-4:16pm CST
Notes:  The tornado, with 105 mph winds, touched down approximately one mile west of Huntsville on Blaine Road where some trees were uprooted. The tornado then moved eastward into Huntsville where a few homes were damaged and trees were snapped along Huntsville-Quality Road. The tornado then continued east damaging trees, homes and small outbuildings just north of Silver City-Huntsville Road. One minor injury occurred in a double-wide that lost all of its roof and a couple of walls just west of the intersection of Silver City-Huntsville Road and Panther Creek Road. Intermittent minor damage then occurred east of this intersection. Finally, the tornado did a more concentrated area of damage along Muddy Creek Road where a few more homes and trees were damaged. The tornado quickly lifted 4 miles east of Huntsville.


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