Storm Damage Survey Timeline on March 2nd Tornadoes

We will post information regarding the Friday March 2, 2012 tornadoes on this page.  Check back frequently for the latest information as National Weather Service storm damage survey teams survey the possible tornado tracks:

 3/3/2012 1045 PM EST

...EF3 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MAGOFFIN AND JOHNSON COUNTIES AND EF2
TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MARTIN COUNTY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED A LONG TRACKED TORNADO MOVED ACROSS
MAGOFFIN...JOHNSON AND MARTIN COUNTIES ON MARCH 2 2012. THE TORNADO
WAS RATED EF3 INTENSITY IN MAGOFFIN AND JOHNSON COUNTIES AND EF2 IN
MARTIN COUNTY. THIS TORNADO CROSSED THE TUG FORK RIVER NEAR BEAUTY
KENTUCKY AND MOVED INTO WEST VIRGINIA BEFORE ENDING. TOUCHDOWN
OCCURRED ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF CUTUNO IN MAGOFFIN COUNTY AROUND 651 PM
EST. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST...AND HIT SALYERSVILLE AT EF3 STRENGTH
AROUND 703 PM EST...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED
EAST NORTHEAST MAINTAINING EF3 INTENSITY...AND LIKELY REACHED ITS
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED OF 160 MPH IN JOHNSON COUNTY. THE TORNADO BECAME
WEAKER AS IT MOVED INTO AND ACROSS MARTIN COUNTY...WITH MAXIMUM
INTENSITY IN MARTIN COUNTY AT EF2. THE TORNADO EXITED KENTUCKY AROUND
738 PM EST.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
TORNADO ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 160 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 2 FATALITIES IN JOHNSON COUNTY
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 651 EST AT 37.717317N/83.219967W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION IN KENTUCKY: 738 PM EST 37.832617N/82.403883W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH IN KENTUCKY: 45 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM WIDTH 0.75 MILES

3/3/2012 945 PM EST

...EF3 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES IN KENTUCKY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-3 TORNADO IN MENIFEE AND
MORGAN COUNTIES ON MARCH 2 2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 2 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF MARIBA IN MENIFEE COUNTY AT 539 PM EST. THE TORNADO
MOVED EAST...AND HIT WEST LIBERTY AT ABOUT 558 PM EST...CAUSING
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST
ACROSS MORGAN COUNTY BEFORE EITHER LIFTING OR MOVING OUT OF MORGAN
COUNTY AT ABOUT 612 PM EST. THE EXACT END POINT FOR THIS TORNADO IS
YET TO BE DETERMINED.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
TORNADO ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 140 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 2 FATALITIES IN MENIFEE COUNTY AND 6 FATALITIES
IN MORGAN COUNTY
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 539 PM EST AT 37.905022N/83.614639W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION: YET TO BE DETERMINED
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 34 MILES IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM 1 MILE WIDTH

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN LAUREL COUNTY KENTUCKY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-2 TORNADO IN LAUREL COUNTY ON
MARCH 2 2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 4.3 MILES WEST OF EAST
BERNSTADT AND THE TORNADO LIFTED ABOUT 3.6 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
EAST BERNSTADT. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 125 MPH. THIS
TORNADO DAMAGED OR DESTROYED SEVERAL RESIDENCES AND CAUSED 5 FATALITIES.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 125 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 5 FATALITIES
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 705 PM EST AT 37.197228N/84.194806W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION: 712 PM EST AT 37.235781N/84.091847W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 6.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 310 YARDS

3/3/2012 550 PM EST Preliminary findings from National Weather Service Survey Teams: 

Confirmed EF3 Tornado in Menifee and Morgan Counties. The tornado in West Liberty was rated as EF3.

Confirmed EF3 Tornado in Salyersville in Magoffin County.

Confirmed EF2 Tornado in Laurel County. 

More specific information on completed surveys will be posted as it becomes available.  

3/3/2012 318 PM EST  Storm Surveys continue in Menifee, Morgan, Laurel, Rockcastle and Pulaski Counties.  Preliminary Reports indicate an EF3 tornado occurred in Wellington, KY in Menifee County and an EF2 tornado occurred in Laurel County.  In the area served by the Jackson NWS Office this is the first EF3 tornado since May 10, 1988 in Bell County.   Storm Surveys are still ongoing in Johnson, Martin and Magoffin Counties.

 03/03/2012 1142 PM EST Photos taken by Jon Pelton in Magoffin County, Salyersville, KY along the Mt. Parkway.

 

03/03/2010 1000 EST Photos taken by Jon Pelton in Magoffin County

US 460 MM16 Magoffin County 2 miles NE of Salyersville.

3/2/2012 7:45 am EST: Tornado tracks from Friday March 2nd. NWS storm damage survey teams will survey these areas this weekend to make a determination on tornado intensity.

Tracks in RED indicate a reported tornado.  Tracks in Purple indicate possible tornado tracks as indicated by radar.



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