11 May 2003
Mercer Co., Kentucky
Tornado Damage

A survey of the damage in Mercer County just north of Harrodsburg from severe storms during the early morning hours of May 11th has been completed by NWS officials. Some photos from the damage survey are available below, followed by the official report.

Significant structural damage.

Significant damage to another home. Notice the debris wrapped around the tree.

A car that was tossed around by the tornado. Notice the mud spattering on the side of the car, likely from high tornado winds picking up the mud.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
330 PM EDT SUN MAY 11 2003
...A TORNADO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN CENTRAL MERCER COUNTY JUST NORTH 
OF HARRODSBURG... 
A STORM SURVEY PERFORMED TODAY BY NWS FORECASTERS REVEALED A TORNADO 
PATH WITHIN THE NWS LOUISVILLE COUNTY WARNING AREA. THE DAMAGE IS 
RELATED TO THE LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL 
KENTUCKY DURING THE EARLY MORNING OF MAY 11.  
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EVENT DATE: SUNDAY MAY 11 2003
EVENT TYPE: F2 TORNADO 
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS: 155 MPH
ESTIMATED TIME: 5:20 AM EDT TO 5:45 AM EDT. 
EVENT LOCATION: THE TORNADO FORMED 6 MILES WEST OF HARRODSBURG, JUST 
EAST OF MT PLEASANT AS AN F1 TORNADO. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST NORTH 
EAST AND STRENGTHENED INTO AN F2 TORNADO AS IN MOVED TO NEAR BOHAN 
ROAD. BETWEEN BOHAN ROAD AND US 127 HIGH F1 TO LOW F2 DAMAGE WAS 
OBSERVED . THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF US 127 WITH NO ADDITIONAL 
DAMAGED OBSERVED.  
PATH LENGTH: 7 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 300 YARDS
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