11 May 2003
Hardin Co., Kentucky
A survey of the damage in northeastern Hardin County near Rineyville from
severe storms during the early morning hours of May 11th has been completed
by NWS officials. Below are some photos taken during the damage survey,
followed by the official report.
Sections of backyard fencing that were aligned the same direction due to the
Large evergreen tree ripped from its stump and tossed nearly 50 yards.
Mud splattering covering most of this severely damaged home. This is
normally due to high tornado winds picking up the mud.
Large 2x4 impaled well into the ground. This beam wouldn't budge when
someone attempted to move it.
Very impressive sight: a 2-3 foot long steel beam injected into a large
tree. Also note the de-barking of the tree.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
535 PM EDT SUN MAY 11 2003
...STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR HARDIN COUNTY TORNADO IN NORTH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS CONDUCTED A GROUND STORM DAMAGE
SURVEY ACROSS HARDIN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...WITH THE
EMPHASIS IN AND AROUND THE RINEYVILLE AREA.
* EVENT DATE: SUNDAY MAY 11, 2003
* EVENT TYPE: F2 TORNADO, PLUS STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE.
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS: 155 MPH
* ESTIMATED LOCATION: THE TORNADO FORMED ABOUT 3.5 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF RINEYVILLE IN HARDIN COUNTY NEAR HIGHWAY
1375. THE TORNADO THEN SKIPPED ACROSS THE COUNTRYSIDE REACHING THE
TOWN OF RINEYVILLE...BEFORE MOVING ABOUT 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF
RINEYVILLE AND DISSIPATING. NOTE...THE TORNADO DID NOT APPEAR
TO BE ON THE GROUND DURING ITS ENTIRE JOURNEY. EMBEDDED IN
THE PATH WAS SIGNIFICANT STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE.
* EVENT TIME: THE STORM MOTION BASED ON RADAR WAS NORTHEAST AROUND
45 MPH. RESIDENTS IN RINEYVILLE SAID THE EVENT ONLY
LASTED SECONDS. THE TORNADO WAS IN THE RINEYVILLE AREA AROUND 400
AM EDT SUNDAY MAY 11, 2003.
* DAMAGE AREA DIMENSIONS: AVERAGE LENGTH= 6.5 MILES
AVERAGE WIDTH = 75-150 YARDS WIDE
NOTE...AT THE WIDEST POINT OF 150 YARDS, THIS WAS A COMBINATION OF
BOTH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AND TORNADO.
THE ACTUAL WIDTH OF THE TORNADO ALONE WAS ESTIMATED AT 75 YARDS.
* INJURIES: UNKNOWN
* FATALITIES: NONE
* DAMAGE: CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO A WELL STRUCTURED HOME WITH ROOF
GONE, GARAGE DESTROYED AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE. INSIDE OF HOME
GUTTED. A NUMBER OF MOBILE HOMES SUFFERED EXTREME DAMAGE WITH ONE
HOME ROLLED OVER. ONE CAR, CHEVY CORSICA, ROLLED OVER ABOUT 20
YARDS. MANY MATURE TREES FALLEN. A 2 FOOT LONG STEEL ROD ACTED
AS MISSILE AND STUCK IN TREE. MINOR DE-BARKING OF ONE TREE AND
GRASS UPROOTED IN PLACES. BARNS DESTROYED.
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