06 November 2005
Severe Thunderstorms of 6 November 2005
Damaging Winds

A broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved through southern Indiana and central Kentucky between roughly 3 and 7 AM EST the morning of Sunday, November 6th 2005. These storms formed just ahead of a cold front and strong upper level trough. Wind shear in the atmosphere was quite high, conducive for the production of supercell thunderstorms. One of these storms produced a confirmed tornado in the NWS Louisville area of responsibility; this tornado occurred in Munfordville, KY, the county seat of Hart County. Other storms produced straight line wind damage (such as in Woodbury, KY in Butler County) and large hail. Hail between one and two inches in diameter fell over eastern sections of the Louisville metro area.

Radar image taken at 4:58 AM EST (09:58 UTC) as the storms moved through the region. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.

Information below is displayed in three sections: First, the complete listing of local storm reports for the event. Second, damage survey information conducted for Munfordville and Woodbury. Third, photographs from the storm surveys.

1) Summary of Local Storm Reports


..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0420 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LEWISPORT               37.93N 86.90W
11/06/2005                   HANCOCK            KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE DOWN ACROSS KY 657

0425 AM     TSTM WND DMG     ENGLISH                 38.33N 86.46W
11/06/2005                   CRAWFORD           IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            MULTIPLE REPORTS OF POWERLINES AND TREES DOWN ACROSS THE
            COUNTY.

0435 AM     TSTM WND DMG     CORYDON                 38.21N 86.13W
11/06/2005                   HARRISON           IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            MULTIPLE REPORTS OF POWERLINES AND TREES DOWN ACROSS THE
            CENTER OF THE COUNTY.

0500 AM     TSTM WND DMG     3 SE BATTLETOWN         38.04N 86.26W
11/06/2005                   MEADE              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES WERE DOWN ON HIGHWAY 228 BETWEEN BRANDENBURG AND
            BATTLETOWN.

0500 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WOODBURY                37.18N 86.64W
11/06/2005                   BUTLER             KY   NWS STORM SURVEY

            NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM FOUND DAMAGE IN WOODBURY WAS DUE TO
            STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...ESTIMATED AT 80 MPH. TWO HOMES AND
            A STORAGE SHED HAD ROOF DAMAGE.

0500 AM     FLASH FLOOD      LOUISVILLE              38.22N 85.74W
11/06/2005                   JEFFERSON          KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LARGE AREA OF STANDING WATER ON CLEVELAND BLVD BY VA
            HOSPITAL.

0510 AM     TSTM WND DMG     BROWNSVILLE             37.19N 86.26W
11/06/2005                   EDMONSON           KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            A TREE WAS BLOWN DOWN ON WILLY WEBB ROAD.

0515 AM     TSTM WND DMG     8 N BOWLING GREEN       37.09N 86.44W
11/06/2005                   WARREN             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FEW TREES DOWN ON HIGHWAY 31W.

0525 AM     HAIL             ANCHORAGE               38.27N 85.54W
11/06/2005  1.00 INCH        JEFFERSON          KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            2 REPORTS OF 1 INCH HAIL.

0525 AM     TSTM WND DMG     PROSPECT                38.35N 85.61W
11/06/2005                   JEFFERSON          KY   NWS EMPLOYEE

            LARGE TREES BLOCKING PORTIONS OF RIVER ROAD IN PROSPECT.

0525 AM     TSTM WND DMG     PROSPECT                38.35N 85.61W
11/06/2005                   JEFFERSON          KY   BROADCAST MEDIA

            TREES DOWN...WITH A TREE ON A HOUSE.

0529 AM     HAIL             1 NE ANCHORAGE          38.28N 85.53W
11/06/2005  2.00 INCH        JEFFERSON          KY   NWS EMPLOYEE

            2 INCH HAIL REPORTED BY OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE.

0530 AM     HAIL             3 NNE ANCHORAGE         38.31N 85.52W
11/06/2005  1.00 INCH        JEFFERSON          KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAIL FELL FOR A 15 MINUTE PERIOD.

0530 AM     TSTM WND DMG     NEW WASHINGTON          38.57N 85.55W
11/06/2005                   CLARK              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED IN THE EASTERN PART OF
            THE COUNTY.

0535 AM     HAIL             PEWEE VALLEY            38.31N 85.49W
11/06/2005  1.50 INCH        OLDHAM             KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HALF DOLLAR TO GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL FILLED THE GUTTERS ON
            THE SPOTTERS HOME AND COVERED THE DECK ATTACHED TO THE
            HOUSE.

0540 AM     HAIL             SMITHFIELD              38.39N 85.26W
11/06/2005  0.75 INCH        HENRY              KY   AMATEUR RADIO

            HAIL REPORTED ALONG WITH 50 MPH WIND GUSTS.

0541 AM     TORNADO          MUNFORDVILLE            37.28N 85.90W
11/06/2005                   HART               KY   NWS STORM SURVEY

            NWS DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FOUND THAT A STRONG F2 TORNADO
            TOUCHED DOWN IN MUNFORDVILLE. APPROX. 1 MILE LONG PATH
            THROUGH THE CENTER OF MUNFORDVILLE. APPROX. 200 YARDS
            WIDE. NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
            ROOFS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. A PUBLIC INFORMATION
            STATEMENT WITH COMPLETE DETAILS WILL BE ISSUED LATER THIS
            AFTERNOON.

0545 AM     TSTM WND DMG     GOSHEN                  38.41N 85.59W
11/06/2005                   OLDHAM             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED COUNTYWIDE.

0610 AM     HAIL             NEW ALBANY              38.30N 85.83W
11/06/2005  0.25 INCH        FLOYD              IN   BROADCAST MEDIA

            PEA SIZED HAIL REPORTED.

0637 AM     TSTM WND DMG     8 S BURKESVILLE         36.67N 85.37W
11/06/2005                   CUMBERLAND         KY   PARK/FOREST SRVC

            FEW TREES DOWN AT CAMP GROUND.

 

2) Storm Survey Details

...CONFIRMED F2 TORNADO IN MUNFORDVILLE IN HART COUNTY IN SOUTH
CENTRAL KENTUCKY...


A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PUSHED THROUGH CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND
SOUTHERN INDIANA LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. A NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM
PERFORMED A SITE SURVEY AND DETERMINED THAT A STRONG F2 TORNADO 
TOUCHED DOWN IN DOWNTOWN MUNFORDVILLE AT APPROXIMATELY 441 CST (541 EST).
MUNFORDVILLE IS THE COUNTY SEAT OF HART COUNTY. THE KENTUCKY WING 
OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL VOLUNTEERED TO FLY THE TRACK...AND PROVIDED 
EXTENSIVE AERIAL INFORMATION TO COMPLIMENT THE GROUND SURVEY TEAM. 
HERE IS THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION FROM THE SURVEY.


* MAX TORNADO INTENSITY - F2
* MAX EST WINDS - 150 MPH
* MAX PATH WIDTH - 200 YARDS
* MAX EST PATH LENGTH - 1 MILE
* TIME OF OCCURRENCE - 441 AM CST
* INJURIES/FATALITIES - NONE (FEW SCRAPES AND CUTS)
* WARNINGS - SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED AT 423 AM CST
* WARNINGS - UPGRADED TO TORNADO WARNING AT 440 AM CST
* LEAD TIME - ON THE TORNADO WARNING WAS 1 MINUTE


THE NWS WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUT APPRECIATION TO RUSS HENSLEY THE
INCIDENT COMMANDER OF THE KY WING CIVIL AIR PATROL.


...CONFIRMED 80 MPH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS IN WOODBURY IN BUTLER COUNTY
IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...


A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PUSHED THROUGH CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND
SOUTHERN INDIANA LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM IN
CONJUNCTION WITH THE KY WING OF CIVIL AIR PATROL (BOTH AERIAL AND
GROUND) DISCOVERED 80 MPH STRAIGHT LINE NEAR THE LOCK AND DAM IN
WOODBURY.  TWO HOMES HAD SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS IN
WOODBURY...ALONG WITH A LARGE GROVE OF MAPLE TREES BLOWN DOWN.


* MAX EST WINDS - 80 MPH
* MAX PATH WIDTH - 100 YARDS
* MAX EST PATH LENGTH - .5 MILES
* TIME OF OCCURRENCE - 400 AM CST
* INJURIES/FATALITIES - NONE
* WARNINGS - SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED AT 334 AM CST...
UPGRADED TO TORNADO WARNING AT 350 AM CST.
* LEAD TIME - ON THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING WAS 26 MINUTES.


THE NWS WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUT APPRECIATION TO RUSS HENSLEY THE
INCIDENT COMMANDER OF THE KY WING CIVIL AIR PATROL.

3) Photographs

The following photos are from the Kentucky Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, which volunteered to complete overflights of the damage. Pictures are being transmitted LIVE to the NWS via a satellite linkup as the flights occur. KY Wing Civil Air Patrol aircrew of three (Chris Nester, Matt Creed and Greg Bell) were launched from Louisville and mission command was provided from Lexington by Russ Hensley. Please credit Kentucky Wing Civil Air Patrol. Click on the thumbnails for the full size picture.

Damage to a school in Munfordville taken from the Civil Air Patrol aircraft.
Damage to residential structures near downtown Munfordville.
Damage to structures near downtown Munfordville, taken from the Civil Air Patrol aircraft.
Damage to structures near downtown Munfordville
Damage to residential structures near downtown Munfordville. You can see the wing of the aircraft in the upper-right of the picture.
A few trees that were likely tipped by straight line winds near the Edmonson-Hart County border.
Damage near the Woodbury, KY area.
Tree damage near Woodbury.
   

The following photos were taken by the NWS storm survey team that visited Munfordville and Woodbury. Please credit the National Weather Service. Click on the thumbnail images to view the full sized picture:
Significant damage to a home in Munfordville, built in 1939. The car was shifted around by the tornado winds from where Norm Reitmeyer, NWS Louisville Warning Coordination Meteorologist, is standing in the driveway to where it is now. The car was turned nearly 180 degrees.
Another vehicle shifted around in position by the tornado winds in Munfordville.
Brick home sustaining major damage.
On the school grounds in Munfordville; notice the 2x6 embedded into the trailer immediately to the left of the blown out window.
Dumpster overturned by tornado winds in Munfordville.
Building sustaining loss of part of the second story. (Munfordville)
Soda vending machine tipped over; roof of an auto parts store is seen on the ground in the background. (Munfordville)
Member of Horse Cave Fire Department in a hole that developed after the tree was toppled in Munfordville.
Mud caked on SUVs; this is a classic sign of a tornado. (Munfordville)
Damage overview across Munfordville.
Damage to a brick home. Notice the car windshield in the lower right. (Munfordville)
Shed blown over by straight line winds in Woodbury, KY.
Insulation blown into trees from the building on the left; Woodbury.

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