Harrison County KY EF1 Tornado December 21, 2013

December 21, 2013 Harrison County KY EF1

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 Begin Time: 11:29 PM EST
End Time: 11:34 PM EST

Begin Point: 6.7 miles northwest of Cynthiana
End Point: 6.4 miles north of Cynthiana

EF Scale: 1
Wind Speed: Up to 105 MPH

Path Length: 3.8 miles
Path Width: Up to 110 yards

Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Narrative: The NWS storm survey team found many areas of intermittent straight line wind damage around northern Harrison County, with one specific tornado path.  There were many barns damaged or destroyed, power lines and power poles down or snapped, some trees snapped and uprooted, and several homes and outbuildings had roof damage.

The most concentrated damage was along Dutch Chapel Road where about half a dozen large barns, garages, and outbuildings were either destroyed or sustained significant damage.  In addition, two homes on Dutch Chapel Road had significant roof damage and other structural damage, with debris thrown to the north, northeast, and east southeast.  Several residents on Dutch Chapel Road heard a distinct "freight train roar" and their ears popped, along with zero visibility during torrential rain when the storm struck.

The National Weather Service thanks Harrison County Emergency Manager Mike Palmer for his assistance with our storm damage assessment.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 MPH
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 MPH
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 MPH
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 MPH
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 MPH
EF5...Violent...>200 MPH

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