Severe Weather Hammers Southeast Kentucky on Tuesday

 

A powerful line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area late this afternoon and evening. A "Bow Echo" feature moved across southeastern Kentucky from Pulaski County to Harlan County...producing widespread wind damage in its path. The line of storms prompted many severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings as numerous "meso-vortice" signatures presented themselves on radar. As of this evening, it appears the hardest hit areas were in northern McCreary County and Whitley County. As many as 21 state highways and county roads had to be closed in northern McCreary County due to downed trees and powerlines. Winds were estimated at 60-70 mph in the strongest parts of the storm, although stronger winds could have occurred.

Below is a radar image of the "bow echo" as it nears Somerset in Pulaski County and northern McCreary County. Notice the individual notches in the highest (red) reflectivity on the front edge of the storm. These are "areas of concern" with regard to brief tornadic spin-up activity.

Below is a later radar image as the bow echo nears Middlesboro and Manchester. Notice the individual notch signatures are continuing.

Below is a summary of all of the Local Storm Reports the NWS in Jackson has received as of 10 PM on Tuesday evening.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
810 PM EDT TUE JUN 16 2009

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

0449 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MONTICELLO              36.84N 84.85W
06/16/2009                   WAYNE              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN MONTICELLO. ALSO...TREES
            DOWN ACROSS COUNTY.

0455 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 S NANCY               37.00N 84.75W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN.

0505 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     10 E SOMERSET           37.08N 84.43W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   BROADCAST MEDIA

0507 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     BURNSIDE                36.99N 84.60W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   PUBLIC

            A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REPORTED SEEING A FUNNEL CLOUD IN
            BURNSIDE.

0508 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREENWOOD               36.87N 84.49W
06/16/2009                   MCCREARY           KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            3 STRUCTURES DAMAGED.

0512 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 S RUTH                37.06N 84.52W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN.

0515 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WHITLEY CITY            36.72N 84.48W
06/16/2009                   MCCREARY           KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREE DOWN IN WHITLEY CITY AND ALSO ACROSS COUNTY.

0515 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     MOUNT VICTORY           37.03N 84.39W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            FUNNEL CLOUD WAS SPOTTED HEADING TOWARD BALD ROCK IN
            LAUREL COUNTY.

0524 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BALDROCK                36.99N 84.28W
06/16/2009                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN BLOCKING HIGHWAY 1193 AND 192.

0530 PM     HAIL             CLIO                    36.82N 84.20W
06/16/2009  E1.25 INCH       WHITLEY            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            QUARTER TO HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL. ALSO DAMAGE TO TREES.
            EVENT BEGAN AT 530 PM AND ENDED AT 542 PM.

0530 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WILLIAMSBURG            36.74N 84.17W
06/16/2009                   WHITLEY            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN. ALSO POWER OUT FOR MOST OF THE COUNTY.

0534 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MOORE HILL              36.93N 84.08W
06/16/2009                   KNOX               KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TWO TREES DOWN ON WOODBINE AVENUE.

0536 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     LILY                    37.02N 84.08W
06/16/2009                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FUNNEL CLOUD SIGHTED AT EAST LAUREL WATER TREATMENT
            PLANT.

0537 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     FERGUSON                37.07N 84.59W
06/16/2009                   PULASKI            KY   PUBLIC

            EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 522 AND 537 PM.

0539 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GRAY                    36.94N 84.01W
06/16/2009                   KNOX               KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN.

0541 PM     HAIL             CORBIN                  36.94N 84.11W
06/16/2009  U1.00 INCH       WHITLEY            KY   PUBLIC

            EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 526 AND 541 PM.

0544 PM     TSTM WND DMG     TUTTLE                  37.02N 83.95W
06/16/2009                   LAUREL             KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES DOWN. WIND GUST ESTIMATED AT 70 MPH.

0544 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 S SUBLIMITY CITY      37.09N 84.09W
06/16/2009                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SIGHTED AT OLD WHITLEY ROAD.

0545 PM     TORNADO          LEVI JACKSON S.P.       37.08N 84.04W
06/16/2009                   LAUREL             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            POSSIBLE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN.

0555 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     10 E LONDON             37.13N 83.90W
06/16/2009                   CLAY               KY   PUBLIC

            PUBLIC SPOTTED A FUNNEL CLOUD AT MILE MARKER 10 ON THE
            HAL ROGERS PARKWAY...HEADING TOWARD MANCHESTER.

0557 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     INGRAM                  36.73N 83.80W
06/16/2009                   BELL               KY   PUBLIC

            EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 542 PM AND 557 PM.

0603 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 SE PINEVILLE          36.74N 83.68W
06/16/2009                   BELL               KY   AIRPLANE PILOT

            TREES DOWN ON HIGHWAY 119 AND AT RIGHT FORK.

0607 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     MIDDLESBORO             36.61N 83.72W
06/16/2009                   BELL               KY   PUBLIC

            EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 552 PM AND 607 PM.

0607 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 SSW MANCHESTER        37.10N 83.80W
06/16/2009                   CLAY               KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN ON CRAWFISH ROAD IN HORSE CREEK AREA.

0623 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WHITLEY CITY            36.72N 84.48W
06/16/2009                   MCCREARY           KY   PUBLIC

            TREES DOWN. EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 553 PM AND 623 PM.

0626 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BLEDSOE                 36.92N 83.37W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES DOWN.

0630 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LOYALL                  36.85N 83.35W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN.

0630 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LOYALL                  36.85N 83.35W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES DOWN.

0632 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CUTSHIN                 37.09N 83.26W
06/16/2009                   LESLIE             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            *** 1 INJ *** ONE INJURY DUE TO DOWNED TREE. ALSO TREES
            DOWN IN AREA.

0634 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 NW HYDEN              37.18N 83.40W
06/16/2009                   LESLIE             KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN.

0642 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EVARTS                  36.86N 83.20W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN.

0642 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EVARTS                  36.86N 83.20W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES DOWN.

0645 PM     TSTM WND DMG     DELPHIA                 37.03N 83.09W
06/16/2009                   PERRY              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            1 TREE DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 463.

0647 PM     TSTM WND DMG     VIPER                   37.18N 83.15W
06/16/2009                   PERRY              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            1 TREE DOWN ALONG HIGHWAY 7.

0653 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CUMBERLAND              36.98N 82.99W
06/16/2009                   HARLAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES DOWN.

0655 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HAZARD                  37.25N 83.20W
06/16/2009                   PERRY              KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            1 TREE AND POWER LINES DOWN.

0701 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BULAN                   37.30N 83.17W
06/16/2009                   PERRY              KY   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES DOWN.

0705 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WHITESBURG              37.12N 82.83W
06/16/2009                   LETCHER            KY   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            A TREE AND A POWER LINE DOWN.



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