Two EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in East Kentucky on Mother’s Day

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
1202 AM EDT MON MAY 12 2008

...TWO EF1 TORNADOES CONFIRMED IN EAST KENTUCKY ON MAY 11TH...

A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BROUGHT A LINE OF STORMS TO EASTERN
KENTUCKY ON SUNDAY MORNING SPAWNING TWO CONFIRMED TORNADOES AND
WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.

A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM CONSISTING OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
EMPLOYEES DETERMINED THAT TWO EF1 TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN SUNDAY
MORNING. THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED AROUND 9:10 AM IN
MCCREARY COUNTY ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE PARK
ON HIGHWAY 90 AND CONTINUED INTO WHITLEY COUNTY THROUGH THE PARK.
WIND SPEED ESTIMATES WITH THE FIRST TORNADO WERE ABOUT 105 MPH.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE PARK SUPERVISORS RESIDENCE.
EXTENSIVE NUMBERS OF LARGE TREES WERE BLOWN ACROSS ROADS WHICH MADE
ACCESS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL THEY COULD BE CLEARED. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED WITH SOME OF THE TREES FALLING ON CARS AND
POWERLINES. THERE WERE NO INJURIES WITH THIS STORM.

THE SECOND EF-1 TORNADO OCCURRED ONE MILE SOUTHEAST OF WOOTON OR 3.5
MILES EAST OF HYDEN IN LESLIE COUNTY. THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF THE
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED AROUND 10:27 AM. PRELIMINARY WIND
SPEEDS WITH THIS TORNADO WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 95 MPH. SOME
TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED WITH AT LEAST ONE TREE FALLING
ON A POWER LINE.

TORNADO #1

COUNTY            : MCREARY/WHITLEY
TORNADO RATING    : EF-1
MAX WIND SPEED    : 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH       : 1.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH        : 400 YARDS
INJURIES          : NONE
FATALITIES        : NONE
TIME OF TOUCHDOWN : AROUND 9:10 AM (ESTIMATED BY RADAR)

TORNADO #2

COUNTY            : LESLIE
TORNADO RATING    : EF-1
MAX WIND SPEED    : 95 MPH
PATH LENGTH       : 200 YARDS
PATH WIDTH        : 70 YARDS
INJURIES          : NONE
FATALITIES        : NONE
TIME OF TOUCHDOWN : AROUND 10:27 AM (ESTIMATED BY RADAR)




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