Hart County Straight Line Winds December 21, 2013

December 21, 2013 Hart County Straight Line Winds

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Begin Time: 09:45 PM CST
End Time: 09:55 PM CST

Begin Point: Horse Cave
End Point: Monroe in far eastern Hart County

Wind Speed: 70 - 80 MPH Hart County

Path Length: 10 miles
Path Width: Sporadic 3 mile area

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0


Sporadic straight line wind damage occurred in southern Hart County on the night of the 21st along a severe squall line.  Just east of Horse Cave a single wide mobile home on blocks was lifted up and flipped several times and was destroyed.  Fortunately no one was home!  Winds in this part of the county were estimated at 65 to 70 mph.

Along highway 218 there was sporadic damage including barns blown down, along with trees and power lines down. A medium size workshop sustained considerable damage near US 31E  near the Hart and Barren County line. The most impressive damage was on Bunnell Crossing Road near Pascal, where a dairy silo was blown down along with extensive barn damage. Wind speeds here approached 75 to 80 mph. Metal sheeting was blown downwind to the northeast over 400 yards.

All of the damage was facing in a north northeasterly direction and many witnesses reported a 3 minute period of torrential rainfall between 945 and 10 pm with winds blowing so hard they could not open any outside door.

The National Weather Service wants to thank Hart County Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel for his assistance with our storm damage assessment.

The survey crew continued to Green County and found very sporadic wind damage from Greensburg to Summersville to Bloyds Crossing to Coakley.  The most significant damage occurred in downtown Greensburg along Highways 68...61 and 70 with roof and shingle damage.  Winds were estimated to be between 55 and 65 mph.

The National Weather Service wants to thank Green County Fire Department for their assistance with our storm damage assessment.

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