A powerful cold front rolled through east Kentucky on Wednesday, causing widespread wind damage. This strong cold front was the result of a very strong late Fall system with a 160 knot jet stream in the upper levels. This jet stream helped to spawn a powerful surface low pressure that moved across the lower Great Lakes Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. As the surface low moved northeast, it was able to bring the cold front through east Kentucky. During the frontal passage and thereafter, strong winds aloft, in the 50 to 60 mph range, were able to be brought down to the surface causing the strong wind gusts. A slot of dry air that typically wraps into a low pressure system helped to keep skies clear, which actually allowed for stronger winds to be brought to the surface. Widespread damage was reported across east Kentucky, and sadly, two fatalities and one injury were reported. According to Pulaski County law enforcement, a young mother and her unborn baby were killed when a tree fell on the mother in Somerset. A young man was also injured by the tree.
Below is a list of the strongest wind gusts recorded across eastern Kentucky.
SITE COUNTY PEAK WIND
BMBL KNOX 41 MPH
BNVL OWSLEY 42 MPH
BTCK JOHNSON 33 MPH
MRHD ROWAN 50 MPH
OLIN JACKSON 43 MPH
QKSD BREATHITT 44 MPH
WLBT MORGAN 50 MPH
LOZ LAUREL 49 MPH
JKL BREATHITT 55 MPH
SME PULASKI 48 MPH
FGX FLEMING 56 MPH
IOB MONTGOMERY 48 MPH
K22 FLOYD 49 MPH
7KO PIKE 46 MPH
1A6 BELL 33 MPH
HAZ PERRY 45 MPH
EKQ WAYNE 49 MPH
AND HERE ARE SOME PEAK WINDS FROM RAWS SITES AROUND EASTERN KENTUCKY...
STATION COUNTY PEAK WIND
TRIANGLE MTN ROWAN 59 MPH
SOMERSET PULASKI 47 MPH
YELLOW CREEK BELL 36 MPH
KOOMER WOLFE 50 MPH
JULIAN CARROLL BREATHITT 49 MPH
PEABODY CLAY 45 MPH
BIG SANDY MARTIN 49 MPH
Below are a few pictures of damage to Missy's All In One Liquidation Store in Campton, KY. Thanks to WTVQ 36 in Lexington for sharing these pictures.
Credit WTVQ 36 in Lexington
Prior to cold front arrival, anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain fell across east Kentucky causing widespread minor flooding problems. This widespread and ample rainfall also led to river flooding in the Kentucky, Cumberland, and Licking river basins. Below is a map of observed rainfall from area Cooperative Weather Observer, CoCoRaHS observers, as well as RAWS and ASOS observing platforms across eastern Kentucky.
Below, it is easy to see why river flooding became a problem as east Kentucky was hit with widespread rainfall of 1 to 3 inches.
Below is a list of all storm reports received at the NWS in Jackson as of 11 PM Wednesday night. Thanks to all who relayed the reports.
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
1241 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG BIGGS 37.42N 82.27W
12/09/2009 PIKE KY EMERGENCY MNGR
TREES DOWN ON HIGHWAY 194.
0215 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 S MCKEE 37.39N 84.00W
12/09/2009 JACKSON KY EMERGENCY MNGR
TREE DOWN ON CAR ON HIGHWAY 290.
0506 AM FLOOD CRANKS 36.76N 83.17W