...Wind Damage Across the Evansville Tri-State Area on July 13...

For about the fourth time since late May, significant wind damage raked parts of the Evansville Tri-State, particularly the city of Owensboro. A complex of severe thunderstorms moved rapidly south at close to 60 MPH across eastern Illinois and western Indiana, then passed through the Pennyrile region of western Kentucky on its way into Tennessee.

  • Much of Evansville, IN was without power after winds in excess of 50 MPH raked the county. The Evansville Airport measured a wind gust to 58 MPH just before 7 P.M.
  • Extensive tree and power line damage was reported in Owensboro, KY for the second time in a week.
  • The most serious damage occurred east of U.S. Highway 41. This includes an area from Warrick and Pike Counties in Indiana south across Calhoun, KY into Greenville and Elkton, KY.
  • A number of trees landed on vehicles and other property.

The Evansville radar image, below, was from just before 7 P.M. as the severe thunderstorm winds were passing across the Evansville area. Notice that the strongest winds spread away from the storms, up to 10 miles south and west of the actual rain-producing storms. Numerous trees were blown down in Henderson County, Kentucky, even though no rain fell there. The thin blue line extending from Fairfield, Illinois across Evansville to Rockport, IN is the location of the "gust front" or leading edge of strong winds.

 Evansville radar image showing the storms as they crossed southwest Indiana

Below is a preliminary listing of damage reports. More weather imagery follows this report.

Local Storm Report, Issued by NWS Paducah, KY
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT ... SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
127 PM CDT WED JUL 14 2004

..TIME...   ...EVENT...     ...CITY LOCATION...      ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....     ..COUNTY LOCATION...ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0632 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WINSLOW                 38.38N 87.21W 
07/13/2004                   PIKE               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN. TREE DOWN ON HOUSE AND CAR. 100 
            YEAR OLD TREES REPORTED DOWN IN COMMUNITY. BARN DESTROYED
            NEAR ARTHUR ALONG HIGHWAY 61.

0633 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S PETERSBURG          38.45N 87.28W 
07/13/2004                   PIKE               IN   PUBLIC          

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 57 SOUTH 
            OF TOWN.

0634 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MOUNT CARMEL            38.42N 87.77W 
07/13/2004                   WABASH             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            TREES AND LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN.

0635 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PRINCETON               38.36N 87.57W 
07/13/2004                   GIBSON             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN COUNTY WIDE, ESPECIALLY IN PRINCETON AND 
            OAKLAND CITY. FIRES DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINES.

0640 PM     TSTM WND DMG     WINSLOW                 38.38N 87.21W 
07/13/2004                   PIKE               IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            BIG TREES, LARGE LIMBS, AND POWER LINES DOWN.

0641 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 S MACKEY              38.19N 87.39W 
07/13/2004                   WARRICK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN. 

0645 PM     TSTM WND DMG     6 NE SANTA CLAUS        38.18N 86.85W 
07/13/2004                   SPENCER            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREES DOWN DAMAGING VEHICLES IN THE COMMUNITY OF SAINT 
            MEINRAD.

0645 PM     TSTM WND DMG     POSEYVILLE              38.17N 87.78W 
07/13/2004                   POSEY              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN. WIND GUST ESTIMATED 50 TO 60 MPH. 


0655 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BOONVILLE               38.05N 87.27W 
07/13/2004                   WARRICK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON HOMES AND VEHICLES.

0655 PM     TSTM WND GST     EVANSVILLE              37.98N 87.54W 
07/13/2004  58 MPH           VANDERBURGH        IN   AWOS            

            MEASURED AT EVANSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT.

0700 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GRANDVIEW               37.94N 86.98W 
07/13/2004                   SPENCER            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN COUNTY WIDE. 

0700 PM     TSTM WND GST     BOONVILLE               38.05N 87.27W 
07/13/2004  65 MPH           WARRICK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LARGE TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN. LARGE LIMBS DOWN ALSO. 
            WIND GUST 65 MPH WITH 1/2 HAIL ASSOCIATED WITH STORM. 
            PORTION OF COMMUNITY WITHOUT POWER. 

0707 PM     TSTM WND DMG     OWENSBORO               37.76N 87.12W 
07/13/2004                   DAVIESS            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN WITH FLYING DEBRIS. 

0708 PM     TSTM WND DMG     OWENSBORO               37.76N 87.12W 
07/13/2004                   DAVIESS            KY   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            SEVERAL REPORTS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN THROUGHOUT 
            THE COUNTY. 

0715 PM     TSTM WND GST     OWENSBORO               37.76N 87.12W 
07/13/2004  60 MPH           DAVIESS            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREES DOWN WITH SHINGLES BLOWN OFF OF SOME HOMES. 

0725 PM     HAIL             2 S CHANDLER            38.01N 87.37W 
07/13/2004  0.88 INCH        WARRICK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            NICKLE SIZE HAIL 2 MILES SOUTH OF CHANDLER NEAR ROUTE 61.


0735 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LIVERMORE               37.49N 87.13W 
07/13/2004                   MCLEAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            TREES DOWN IN PORTION OF COMMUNITY.

0745 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CALHOUN                 37.54N 87.26W 
07/13/2004                   MCLEAN             KY   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN PORTIONS OF 
            COMMUNITY AND THROUGHOUT COUNTY. 

0750 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 S ALBION              38.30N 88.06W 
07/13/2004                   EDWARDS            IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            POWER LINES DOWN IN RURAL SOUTHEAST PORTION OF COUNTY. 

0800 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MADISONVILLE            37.34N 87.51W 
07/13/2004                   HOPKINS            KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN COUNTY WIDE

0800 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREENVILLE              37.21N 87.18W 
07/13/2004                   MUHLENBERG         KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            SEVERAL TREES AND TREE LIMBS DOWN. 

0803 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MOUNT CARMEL            38.42N 87.77W 
07/13/2004                   WABASH             IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            POWER LINES DOWN ALONG LADUE DRIVE WITH POWER OUTAGES 
            REPORTED. FEW REPORTS OF TREES DOWN THROUGHOUT COUNTY. 

0805 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SLAUGHTERS              37.49N 87.50W 
07/13/2004                   WEBSTER            KY   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            SEVERAL TREE LIMBS DOWN. NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS REPORTED 
            DOWN IN COMMUNITY OF SEBREE ALSO. 

0810 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 NE PROVIDENCE         37.45N 87.69W 
07/13/2004                   WEBSTER            KY   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS ROADWAY.

0810 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MADISONVILLE            37.34N 87.51W 
07/13/2004                   HOPKINS            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN. 

0815 PM     TSTM WND GST     GREENVILLE              37.21N 87.18W 
07/13/2004  60 MPH           MUHLENBERG         KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0820 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREENVILLE              37.21N 87.18W 
07/13/2004                   MUHLENBERG         KY   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ALONG ROUTE 431.

0830 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HOPKINSVILLE            36.85N 87.49W 
07/13/2004                   CHRISTIAN          KY   COUNTY OFFICIAL 

            TREES DOWN COUNTY WIDE, FIRES DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINES

0835 PM     TSTM WND DMG     CLIFTY                  37.00N 87.15W 
07/13/2004                   TODD               KY   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            TREES DOWN IN THE COMMUNITIES OF CLIFTY, CLAYMORE AND 
            ELLEGRE.

0852 PM     TSTM WND GST     ALLEGRE                 36.93N 87.22W 
07/13/2004  60 MPH           TODD               KY   AMATEUR RADIO   

            TREES DOWN COUNTY WIDE WITH SMALL HAIL REPORTED. 

0905 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HOPKINSVILLE            36.85N 87.49W 
07/13/2004                   CHRISTIAN          KY   UTILITY COMPANY 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN PORTIONS OF COMMUNITY. 

0915 PM     TSTM WND DMG     8 SSE ELKTON            36.70N 87.10W 
07/13/2004                   TODD               KY   AMATEUR RADIO   

            TREES DOWN OVER ROADS IN ALLENSVILLE.

0917 PM     HAIL             PROVIDENCE              37.40N 87.75W 
07/13/2004  0.88 INCH        WEBSTER            KY   TRAINED SPOTTER 
$$

SMITTY

The image below is an infrared satellite image with lightning strikes overlaid (in green) and severe weather watch boxes overlaid. This was current at 6:45 P.M. CDT.  The intense storms were rapidly approaching the Ohio River from the north.

Satellite and lightning image of the storms, with severe weather watch boxes

Finally, below is an Evansville radar image at 8:07 P.M. CDT as the leading edge of strong winds was crossing Muhlenberg County, Kentucky where winds were in excess of 60 MPH.

Evansville radar image of the storms as they crossed Muhlenberg County, KY

 

 

 


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