11 May 2003
Mercer Co., Kentucky
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
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
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.
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
PATH LENGTH: 7 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 300 YARDS
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