EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Breckinridge and Hardin Counties - May 21st (UPDATED 5/28)

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS AN EF-1 TORNADO IN EXTREME 
EASTERN BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY AND FAR NORTHWEST HARDIN COUNTY ON MAY
21 2010...

THIS IS AN UPDATED PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ON STORM DAMAGE
ASSOCIATED WITH THE EASTERN BRECKINRIDGE AND NORTHWEST HARDIN COUNTY
STORM OF MAY 21 2010.

ADDITIONAL STORM DAMAGE WAS REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN LOUISVILLE THIS WEEK. THE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE HAS BEEN
EXTENSIVELY SURVEYED AND THE PREVIOUS RATING OF EF-0 HAS NOW BEEN
INCREASED TO AN EF-1 RATING.

BASED RADAR DATA...THE GROUND SURVEY AND INTERVIEWS WITH RESIDENTS
IN THE AREA...A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT APPROXIMATELY 828 PM EDT ON
FRIDAY MAY 21 2010 JUST WEST OF BIG SPRINGS KENTUCKY.

DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG HIGHWAY 333 SOUTH JUST WEST OF BIG SPRINGS
WHERE A LARGE BARN SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND WALL DAMAGE. THE
DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE WITH WINDS OF 85-90
MPH AFFECTING THE STRUCTURE. ADDITIONAL HARDWOOD AND MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG HIGHWAY 333 SOUTH AS ONE
APPROACHES BIG SPRINGS FROM A WESTERLY DIRECTION. RESIDENTS IN THIS
AREA REPORTED SEEING A FUNNEL CLOUD WITH DEBRIS IN THE AIR. IT
APPEARS BASED ON THE DAMAGE...THAT THE TORNADO WAS SKIPPING ALONG
THE GROUND AS IT APPROACHED BIG SPRINGS.

THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT CROSSED OVER THE COMMUNITY OF BIG SPRINGS
AND THEN TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN ALONG HIGH PLAINS ROAD (COUNTY ROAD
2199). NO DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION AND THE TORNADO LIFTED
BACK INTO THE AIR AND CONTINUED IN AN EASTWARD DIRECTION. IT TOUCHED
DOWN AGAIN ALONG RINEYVILLE-BIG SPRING ROAD (COUNTY ROAD 220) IN FAR
NORTHWEST HARDIN COUNTY WHERE IT SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED A DOUBLE WIDE
MOBILE HOME.

THE MOBILE HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE WITH THE BACK HALF
OF THE ROOF BEING TORN OFF AND THROWN INTO THE FRONT YARD. THE
MOBILE HOME ALSO WAS LIFTED SLIGHTLY OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND SET BACK
DOWN...RESULTING IN FOUNDATION DAMAGE. SOME MINOR DAMAGE WAS ALSO
OBSERVED TO A GARAGE THAT WAS NOT ATTACHED TO THE MOBILE HOME. HERE
SOME MINOR AWNING DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG WITH A PUNCHED IN GARAGE
DOOR. BASED ON A CAREFUL ANALYSIS...THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION IS
CONSISTENT WITH EF-0 TORNADO DAMAGE WITH WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE IN
THE 80-85 MPH RANGE.

THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THIS EF-1 TORNADO IS 1.75 MILES WITH A PATH
WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 75 YARDS.

SUMMARY...

TIME...APPROXIMATELY 828 PM EDT FRIDAY MAY 21 2010
TOUCHDOWN...JUST WEST OF BIG SPRINGS ALONG HIGHWAY 333 SOUTH.
DISSIPATION...1.6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BIG SPRING ALONG RINEYVILLE-BIG
SPRING ROAD IN EXTREME NORTHWEST HARDIN COUNTY.
EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAX WINDS...85 TO 90 MPH.
PATH LENGTH...1.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
INJURIES...NONE
FATALITIES...NONE

Figure 1: Damage Survey Map (click on picture to open a larger image).

Figure 2: Singificant barn damage just west of Big Springs along Highway 333 South.
 
 
Figure 3: Hardwood tree damage just west of Big Springs along Highway 333 South.
 
Figure 4A: Mobile home damage along Highway 220 in Hardin county.
 
Figure 4B: Close up of roof damage on the back side of the mobile home
 
Figure 4C: Shifted and broken foundation as the mobile home was lifted and set back down.


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