9-10, 2002: Severe Weather
National Overview: On November 10, 2002, a major severe weather outbreak affected a large area from the Tennessee Valley northward across the Ohio Valley to northern Ohio and Indiana. The Storm Prediction Center forecast a high risk of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for major tornadoes, for the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys that day.
Local Effects: Deadly strong to violent tornadoes occurred over Tennessee and Ohio, but the area served by the Paducah office escaped the brunt of the severe weather. See the Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the Paducah office early Sunday morning. Isolated cases of structural wind damage occurred, primarily at Owensboro, KY and at Fruitland, MO near Cape Girardeau. See the listing of severe weather reports (updated Nov. 12) received by the Paducah office on Saturday night and Sunday.
Two confirmed tornadoes occurred with a supercell thunderstorm that tracked northeast across Jackson and Franklin Counties of Illinois. A storm survey by a representative of the National Weather Service determined that a weak tornado occurred near Elkville and Desoto, Illinois. The same storm later produced a second tornado just north of Royalton, IL in Franklin County. That tornado, which had a much shorter path length than the Jackson County tornado, was rated F-0 and caused only tree damage.
Below are maps, generated by the Storm Prediction Center, of severe weather reports across the country. The first map shows reports on November 9 and map two shows reports on November 10.