EF1 Tornado Touches Down in Southern Leslie County

Leslie County tornado...

Rating:                            EF-1
Estimated peak wind:     85-95 mph
Path length /statute/:      2.0 miles
Path width /maximum/:   900 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:                0

Start date:             July 27, 2014
Start time:             4:24 PM EDT
Start location:       3 E Helton / Leslie County / KY
Start lat/lon:          36.9573 / -83.3506

End date:               July 27, 2014
End time:               4:26 PM EDT
End location:         5 ESE Helton / Leslie County / KY
End lat/lon:            36.9541 / -83.3143

Survey summary: A tornado touched down briefly in southern Leslie County visible from Highway 2009 around 425 PM on Sunday afternoon.  A consistent path up to a half mile wide of uprooted and snapped hardwood and softwood trees was observed descending down the Upper Double branch creek, crossing Highway 2009 and then ascending back up the adjacent hillside in a west-northwest to east-southeast direction. Uprooted trees damaged a cemetery but no habitable structures were damaged.

The tornado touched down in a remote area and the only access was via Highway 2009, thus tornado specifics are limited to what could be observed from the road and information obtained from a local land owner.

EF scale: the enhanced fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.

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