27 May 2004
Washington and Clark Cos., Indiana
Tornado Damage

Widespread severe thunderstorm damage occurred across portions of south-central Indiana and central Kentucky on the evening of May 27, 2004.

The following are some damage pictures from Washington and Clark Counties in south-central Indiana. This damage was from a confirmed F2 tornado and straight-line severe thunderstorm winds. The official public information statement follows, detailing the extent of the damage and estimated path dimensions.

Barn collapsed and the roof was thrown to the right. Original location of barn was the debris is sitting.

Mobile home was tossed and subsequently crushed other objects. Notice the wheels sticking up in the air.

Borden, Indiana straight-line wind damage. Furniture factory lost portion of brick wall.

Tornado paths for the May 27 outbreak.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
1150 PM EDT FRI MAY 28 2004

...STORM DAMAGE SURVEY FOR WASHINGTON AND CLARK COUNTIES IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA...


SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS RACED ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA AND
NORTH AND EAST-CENTRAL KENTUCKY DURING THE EVENING OF THURSDAY MAY
27, 2004.

WIDESPREAD PROPERTY DAMAGE OCCURRED ACROSS PORTIONS OF WASHINGTON
AND CLARK COUNTIES IN SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA. THE TORNADO REACHED
MAXIMUM INTENSITY NEAR THE TOWN OF BORDEN IN WESTERN CLARK COUNTY.

* MAX TORNADO INTENSITY - F2
* MAX EST WINDS - 150 MPH
* MAX PATH WIDTH - 333 YARDS
* MAX EST PATH LENGTH - 7 MILES
* TIME OF OCCURRENCE - 745 PM EDT TO 810 PM EDT
* INJURIES/FATALITIES - 2 KNOWN INJURIES AT THIS TIME

THIS TORNADO WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WHICH
EXHIBITED TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM CIRCULATIONS IN EASTERN ORANGE
COUNTY INDIANA (JUST WEST OF WASHINGTON COUNTY).

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS DETERMINED TO BE NEAR ORGAN SPRINGS
IN WESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY...ALTHOUGH SPECIFICS WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO
DETERMINE AS ORGAN SPRINGS WAS INACCESSIBLE DUE TO SEVERE FLOODING
CONDITIONS.

THE PATH OF THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST...JUST SOUTH OF NEW PEKIN IN
WASHINGTON COUNTY. F1 DAMAGE OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF NEW PEKIN WITH A
PATH WIDTH OF 167 YARDS.

THE PATH CONTINUED EAST-SOUTHEAST...AND MOVED INTO WESTERN CLARK
COUNTY IN THE TOWN OF BORDEN. HERE THE TORNADO REACHED MAX INTENSITY
OF F2 WITH SEVERAL MISSING ROOFS ON HOUSES IN BORDEN. HOWEVER THE
MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE IN BORDEN WAS F1 TORNADO AND STRAIGHT-LINE
WIND DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE LIFTED BRIEFLY AS THE SUPERCELL
THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED EAST SOUTH-EAST. BY THE TIME THE STORM REACH
TO JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF CHARLESTOWN INDIANA IN EASTERN CLARK
COUNTY...SOME SIGHTINGS OF A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WERE AGAIN CONFIRMED
WITH THE LOCAL RESIDENTS. F1 DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE BETHANY ROAD AND
STACY ROAD AREAS. PATH WIDTH WAS 67 YARDS.

THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF CHARLESTOWN...AND BEFORE THE
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM CROSSED THE OHIO RIVER INTO OLDHAM COUNTY
KENTUCKY.

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS FURTHER INFORMATION DICTATES.

 

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