Aerial Storm Damage Survey Completed for Ohio/Grayson/Hardin Counties

 AN AERIAL STORM DAMAGE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY PRIVATE PILOTS ROY CANTRALL AND GLEN NORMAN WAS COMPLETED ON FRIDAY APRIL 29...AND IT WAS FOUND THAT THERE WAS NO TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN OHIO COUNTY ON APRIL 26. THE BEGINNING POINT FOUND BY THE NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM IN GRAYSON COUNTY DOES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN THE TRUE STARTING POINT FOR THIS TORNADO.

THE AERIAL SURVEY TEAM DEPARTED FROM ELIZABETHTOWN IN A PIPER CHEROKEE 140...N4336T...AND FLEW TO SURVEY AN AREA IN WESTERN OHIO COUNTY WHERE A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM TRACKED. THE FLIGHT CREW WAS UNABLE TO FIND ANY DAMAGE...EVEN AT A SPECIFIC LOCATION WHERE WITNESSES CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN A FUNNEL CLOUD. THE SURVEY TEAM CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST INTO GRAYSON COUNTY LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL DAMAGE NOT REACHABLE BY GROUND SURVEY TEAMS. DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AND PHOTOGRAPHED JUST NORTH OF ST. PAUL.

THE TEAM CONTINUED TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE STORM EAST-NORTHEAST TO GLENDALE IN HARDIN COUNTY WHERE MORE DAMAGED WAS PHOTOGRAPHED. THE SURVEY TEAM ACHIEVED THE GOAL OF DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT ADDITIONAL TOUCHDOWNS OCCURRED AND TOOK VALUABLE AERIAL PHOTOS OF DAMAGE. THANKS TO ROY AND GLEN FOR THEIR DETAILED SURVEY!

Any private pilot who might be interested in flying damage survey paths for the National Weather Service can e-mail brian.schoettmer@noaa.gov for more details.

Pictured above are two separate tornado tracks in between Tar Hill and St. Paul in Grayson County. The longer northern track was an EF-2 tornado, while the southern track was a brief and weak EF-0 tornado. Below are aerial pictures taken of the damage along Danny Sadler road and across highways 920 and 720.

     

     

A third tornado touched down in Hardin County just east of Glendale. Below are damage photos of a fairgrounds just east of I-65.

    

 

Pilot's Roy Cantrall and Glen Norman in front of the Piper Cherokee 140 used to do the survey.

 



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