Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
NOUS43 KLMK 262138
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
0536 PM EDT SUN APR 26 2015
...NWS Damage Survey for Edmonson County, Kentucky 04/25/2015
.Edmonson County Kentucky Tornado Damage Survey...
EF SCALE RATING: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 111-115 MPH
PATH LENGTH/STATUE/: 0.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH/MAXIMUM/: 220 YARDS
START DATE: APR 25 2015
START TIME: 8:12 PM EDT
START LOCATION: 6.2 miles Northwest of Brownsville
START LAT/LON: 37.25 N / -86.36 W
END DATE: April 25, 2015
END TIMES: 8:14 PM EST
END LOCATION: 6 miles northwest of Brownsville END
LAT/LON: 37.25 N / -86.34
A narrow tornado developed quickly just west of 3667 Grassland Black
Gold Road (Highway 1365) and snapped a few softwood and few hard
wood large limbs. The 50 yard wide tornado produced winds around 90
mph (EF1) initially. The tornado quickly increased in size and
speed and became much wider for a shorter time. During this time
it crossed Highway 1365 uprooted, snapped and severely twisted over
200 trees in a heavily forested area around a deep karst ravine.
Winds increased to 111-115 mph (EF2) and uprooted and twisted many
oak, sycamore trees, and hard maple trees. A drone was used to
pinpoint the exact storm end point which was about 100 yards east of
highway 1365 near a farmers field.
There were also some sporadic straightline wind damage throughout
The National Weather Service would like to thank Edmonson County
Emergency Manager Patrick Prunty for his assistance with the survey.
In addition we would like to sincerely thank Landon Hampton from
WxorNot Bowling Green who used a drone to help pinpoint the
beginning and end point of the short eighth of mile tornado track.
Last but not least we would like to thank Western Kentucky
Meteorology Students Jacob Wilkins and Zack Leasor for their help.
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
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
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