11 May 2003
Hardin Co., Kentucky
Tornado Damage

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 storm.

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 
CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
 
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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