Damage in Harlan/Evarts on Monday Consistent with Straight Line Winds Up to 90 MPH

A Storm Survey Team comprised of officials from the National Weather Service and Harlan County Emergency Management determined that the wind damage that occurred on Monday April 28th in the Harlan and Evarts Communities of Harlan County was caused by straight-line winds of up to 90 mph.  The thunderstorm which caused the damaging winds moved from Tennessee across southeast Whitley County, Bell County and Harlan County producing sporadic wind damage along it's path.  The damage in Harlan County included several large hardwood and softwood trees either uprooted or snapped at the base, and damage to at least three structures.  Three minor injuries were reported as well.

While a couple witnesses stated that a funnel cloud was observed, all damage surveyed was blown in a northeasterly direction, consistent with straight line wind damage.  Either the funnel cloud didn't touch down, or only did so very briefly and the touchdown location was indistinguishable from the straight-line wind damage.

Please click on the green dots in the map below to view selected pictures of the damage path.

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