June 22, 2011 Storm Damage Survey Information

Results of several National Weather Service storm damage surveys from thunderstorms on the evening of June 22, 2011 are posted below.

Past Louisville Tornadoes
This wasn't Churchill Downs' first tornado (January 19, 1928)

 

Tornado 1 (Harrison County, IN):

...BRIEF TORNADO CONFIRMED IN HARRISON COUNTY INDIANA ON THE EVENING
OF JUNE 22 2011...

DAMAGE TYPE: TORNADO
BEGIN TIME: 7:27 PM EDT
END TIME: 7:28 PM EDT
BEGIN POINT: 1.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW MIDDLETOWN
END POINT: 1.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW MIDDLETOWN
EF SCALE: EF-0
WIND SPEED: 70-75 MPH
PATH LENGTH: ABOUT 600 YARDS
PATH WIDTH: ABOUT 75 YARDS
INJURIES: 0
FATALITIES: 0

NARRATIVE: A SMALL AND BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 1.5 MILES
SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST OF NEW MIDDLETOWN IN HARRISON COUNTY INDIANA
AROUND 7:27 PM EDT. THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN POINT WAS IN THE 3900
BLOCK OF ELIZABETH-NEW MIDDLETOWN ROAD. THE TORNADO DAMAGED A ROW OF
TREES BEHIND A HOME AND REMOVED SOME FLASHING ON THE HOME. THE
TORNADO APPARENTLY LIFTED AND CROSSED ELIZABETH-NEW MIDDLETOWN ROAD
AND HEADED EAST INTO A WOODED AREA. THE TORNADO SNAPPED LARGE LIMBS
FROM THE TREE CANOPY IN THIS AREA AND LIKELY WAS NOT IN TOTAL
CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. THE TORNADO LASTED FOR A MINUTE OR LESS.
THE TREE DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH EF-0 DAMAGE WITH ESTIMATED WINDS
OF 70-75 MPH.

 

Tornado 2 (Jefferson County, KY):

...TORNADO CONFIRMED AROUND CHURCHILL DOWNS RACE TRACK IN JEFFERSON
COUNTY KENTUCKY ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 22 2011...

DAMAGE TYPE: TORNADO
BEGIN TIME: 8:04 PM EDT
END TIME: 8:07 PM EDT
BEGIN POINT: NEAR INTERSECTION OF LONGFIELD AVE AND BELLEVUE AVE ON SOUTH SIDE OF CHURCHILL DOWNS
END POINT: NEAR INTERSECTION OF CRITTENDEN DRIVE AND CENTRAL AVE
EF SCALE: EF-2 (EF-1 AT CHURCHILL DOWNS)
WIND SPEED: 120 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 1.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 120 YARDS
INJURIES: 0
FATALITIES: 0

NARRATIVE: THE TORNADO WAS RATED AS AN EF-1 AT CHURCHILL DOWNS WITH
ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 100-105 MPH. FIVE BARNS AT THE RACE TRACK
HAD LARGE SECTIONS OF THEIR ROOFS BLOWN OFF AND CINDER BLOCK WALLS
BUCKLED OR COLLAPSED. CHRIST CHURCH ON CHURCHILL DOWNS HAD SOME ROOF
AND SIDING DAMAGE. AS THE TORNADO MOVED EAST...IT STRENGTHENED TO
EF-2 INTENSITY WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 120 MPH NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF FLOYD STREET AND CENTRAL AVE. AT THIS LOCATION...A
LARGE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH OF THE STORM. THE TORNADO LIFTED
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CRITTENDEN DRIVE AND CENTRAL AVE WHERE A
SUPER 8 HOTEL HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE OBSERVED AT
PAPA JOHNS CARDINAL STADIUM.
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Tornado 3 (Jefferson County, KY):

...TORNADO CONFIRMED WEST OF DOWNTOWN JEFFERSONTOWN IN JEFFERSON
COUNTY KENTUCKY ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 22 2011...

DAMAGE TYPE: TORNADO
BEGIN TIME:  9:29 PM EDT
END TIME:    9:33 PM EDT
BEGIN POINT: 2.7 MILES WEST OF DOWNTOWN JEFFERSONTOWN AT THE  INTERSECTION OF NACHAND LANE AND NACHAND SPRING LANE
END POINT:   0.9 MILES WEST OF DOWNTOWN JEFFERSONTOWN JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF LISA LANE AND CALAIS DRIVE
EF SCALE:    EF-1
WIND SPEED:  95-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 1.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH:  150 YARDS
INJURIES:    0
FATALITIES:  0

NARRATIVE: AT THE START OF THE PATH THE TORNADO WAS EF-0 STRENGTH AS
IT DAMAGED SHINGLES AND SIDING AND SNAPPED MAPLE TREES. AT ORCHARD
LAKE BOULEVARD AND FALLEN APPLE LANE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN AND LAID
OUT IN NORTH...NORTHEAST...AND SOUTH DIRECTIONS. THE TORNADO MOVED
INTO THE HURSTBOURNE WOODS SUBDIVISION AND RIPPED A LOCKED POOL GATE
FREE AND THREW IT OVER A BUILDING AND 35 YARDS DOWNWIND. THIS
LOCATION SUFFERED THE WORST DAMAGE WITH GUTTERS...SIDING...AND
SOFFITS RIPPED FROM BUILDINGS AND DEPOSITED 30 YARDS AWAY IN TREES.
NEXT A LARGE OAK TREE WAS UPROOTED AT 3705 MODESTO ROAD AND A
TRAMPOLINE WAS THROWN INTO A VOLKSWAGEN AND THEN OVER A HOUSE. AT
9407 WILLOW WOOD WAY THERE WAS ROOF DAMAGE AND MANY TREES...BOTH
HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD...WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE TORNADO
BRIEFLY MADE ABOUT A 25 DEGREE TURN TO THE NORTHEAST JUST BEFORE
DISSIPATING AND CAUSING SOME ROOF AND TREE DAMAGE AT ITS END POINT.

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Tornado 4 (Jefferson County, KY):

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN THE JEFFERSONTOWN AREA IN JEFFERSON
COUNTY KENTUCKY ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 22 2011...

DAMAGE TYPE: TORNADO
BEGIN TIME: 9:34 PM EDT
END TIME: 9:37 PM EDT
BEGIN POINT: EAST SIDE OF ST EDWARD CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 9610 SUE HELEN DRIVE IN JEFFERSONTOWN
END POINT: NEAR THE MACHINERY SPECIALTIES WAREHOUSE AT 11100 ELECTRON DRIVE ON EAST SIDE OF JEFFERSONTOWN
EF SCALE: EF-2 (EF-1 ALONG MAJORITY OF TRACK)
WIND SPEED: 115 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 1.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS AT WIDEST POINT (50-75 YARDS FOR MOST OF TRACK)
INJURIES: 0
FATALITIES: 0

NARRATIVE: THE TORNADO MOVED ALONG ST EDWARDS DRIVE WHERE THERE
WAS ROOF DAMAGE TO ABOUT A DOZEN HOUSES ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED ON CHARLENE WAY AND
DELL ROAD. AT THE CORNER OF MAPLE AND GALENE ROAD...A LARGE SECTION
OF A LARGE OAK TREE SPLIT OFF AND WAS THRUSTED INTO A WALL OF THE
TULLY SCHOOL. THERE WAS ALSO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AND ROOF DAMAGE AT
THE GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY NURSING HOME AT 3500 GOOD SAMARITAN WAY.
AT THIS LOCATION...TWO VEHICLES IN THE PARKING LOT WERE THROWN ABOUT
20 YARDS AND FLIPPED OVER...LOW-END EF-2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED HERE.
THE STORM CONTINUED TO THE EAST AND APPARENTLY LIFTED OFF THE GROUND
AS THE GROUND DESCENDED INTO A SMALL VALLEY INCLUDING RUCKRIEGAL
PARKWAY. THE TORNADO AGAIN CAUSED DAMAGE ON ELECTRON DRIVE AT THE
DILLIARDS WAREHOUSE AND MACHINERY SPECIALTIES WAREHOUSE. AT THESE
LOCATIONS...THE BRICK FRONT FACE OF EACH BUILDING WAS PUSHED OUT. A
LARGE FENCE AROUND THE DILLIARDS WAREHOUSE WAS DAMAGED AND A
SECURITY SHACK WAS THROWN AROUND 30 YARDS. THE TORNADO LIFTED ON THE
SOUTH SIDE OF ELECTRON DRIVE.
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Tornado 5 (Jefferson County, KY): (UPDATED 1000 am EDT June 24):

...TORNADO CONFIRMED ON EAST SIDE OF JEFFERSONTOWN IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KENTUCKY ON JUNE 22 2011...

DAMAGE TYPE: TORNADO
BEGIN TIME: 9:38 PM EDT JUNE 22
END TIME: 9:45 PM EDT JUNE 22
BEGIN POINT: JCK ENTERPRISES BUILDING AT 11301 ELECTRON DRIVE (CORNER OF AMPERE DRIVE) EAST OF JEFFERSONTOWN
END POINT: 100 YARDS EAST OF 1600 SOUTH ENGLISH STATION ROAD...OR 4.5 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF JEFFERSONTOWN
EF SCALE: EF-1
WIND SPEED: 100-105 MPH
PATH LENGTH: 3.5 MILES (TORNADO WAS ALOFT PART OF THIS LENGTH)
PATH WIDTH: 50-60 YARDS
INJURIES: 0
FATALITIES: 0

NARRATIVE: THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ELECTRON
DRIVE AT AMPERE DRIVE TO THE NORTHEAST OF WHERE ANOTHER TORNADO
DISSIPATED ON ELECTRON DRIVE. AN AIR HANDLER WAS BLOWN OFF THE ROOF
OF JCK ENTERPRISES AND THROWN 100-125 YARDS. FARTHER EAST ON
ELECTRON DRIVE...SEVERAL CORPORATIONS/WAREHOUSES HAD STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS AND THE SIDES OF BUILDINGS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE WAS AT OXMOOR COLLISION CENTER WHERE THERE WAS STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE TO SOME STEEL FRAMING AND STUCCO. RBI CORPORATION (NEXT TO
OXMOOR) ALSO HAD SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. MORE THAN A DOZEN UPROOTED
AND SNAPPED TREES WERE OBSERVED AT AND AROUND THE TUCKER STATION BED
AND BREAKFAST AT 2406 TUCKER STATION ROAD. THE TORNADO...ROPE-LIKE
IN APPEARANCE...LIFTED EAST OF TUCKER STATION ROAD BUT WEST OF
INTERSTATE 265...AS NO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN THIS AREA.

HOWEVER...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN AT 1600 SOUTH ENGLISH
STATION ROAD AND WAS AN EF-0. AT THIS LOCATION...DAMAGE INCLUDED
FIVE TREES DOWN INCLUDING A 60 FOOT SYCAMORE TREE...SHINGLE DAMAGE
TO A HOUSE...A DAMAGED SATELLITE DISH...AND A DESTROYED PERGOLA. THE
TORNADO DISSIPATED ABOUT 100 YARDS EAST OF THIS LOCATION.

 


Radar Data:

The images below show radar data from the NWS Doppler Radar during the evening of June 22, 2011. The top two images are "reflectivity" showing the supercell storm which produced a tornado at Churchill Downs race track. The tornado is located in the "hook" area on the southwest side of the supercell. Very heavy rain (but no damage) is observed in the main portion of the storm (red colors). The bottom two images are "storm-relative velocity" images. The identified red-green couplet is the location of the tornado as sampled by the radar.

The animation below shows Doppler radar storm-relative velocity data. A different supercell storm (from the one above) produced a cyclonic (counter-clockwise) circulation highlighted in the black circle (red-green couplet). This circulation was responsible for producing an EF-1 tornado in the Jeffersontown, KY area. This circulation did not produce a tornado along the entire length shown in the animation.

 



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