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Confirmed EF-2 in Warren & Allen Counties

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 13:50:57-05

We started Tuesday with strong thunderstorms passing mostly to our south, but also bringing heavy rain and strong wind gusts to every region in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

One cell produced a tornado in Warren County near the community of Alvaton southeast of Bowling Green. The NWS is still conducting surveys to label the strength of the tornado, but preliminary reports show it as an EF-2, with estimated maximum wind gusts of 115 mph. Timing on the cell in Warren County was around 1:30 am.

UPDATE:

Details
Scale: EF-2
Estimated Peak Winds: 115 mph
Path Length: 2.2 miles
Path Width: 250 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Time: 1:15 AM EST
Start Location: 2 miles SE Alvaton

End Time: 1:19 AM EST
End Location: 4 ESE Alvaton

Storm Damage Summary:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE CONDUCTED A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY ACROSS EASTERN WARREN AND NORTHWESTERN ALLEN COUNTIES FOR STORMS THAT WENT THROUGH AFTER MIDNIGHT THIS MORNING. FOR REFERENCE MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS AROUND THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF THE ALVATON COMMUNITY, EAST OF BOWLING GREEN. SEVERAL TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR PUSHED OVER, FACING FROM THE WEST SOUTHWEST TO THE EAST NORTHEAST JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 231 ON FAIRVIEW ROAD. THE WIND SWATH WAS ABOUT 200 YARDS WIDE. JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 231 A LARGE 40 X 60 STORAGE BARN FOR A CAMPER HAD ITS ROOF PARTIALLY LIFTED DOWNWIND TO THE EAST NORTHEAST. THE METAL SIDING WAS FLUNG UP TO 150 YARDS INTO THE TREES.

THE TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED ALONG ALVATON SCOTTSVILLE ROAD...INTO MARBLE GATE CT. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE...WITH SEVERAL PORCHES PARTIALLY LIFTED UP CAUSING STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. ONE HOME ON MARBLE GATE COURT HAD 4, 20 POUND STEEL CHAIRS FLUNG ABOUT 50 YARDS AND THE 35 POUND TABLE THROWN 25 YARDS. PORTIONS OF THE PORCH COVERING WERE FLOWN 125 YARDS INTO THE YARD OF THEIR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR, 2 OF WHICH PUNCTURED THE HOUSE LIKE A FLYING 2 BY 4 MISSILE. THERE WERE ALSO PORTIONS OF THE DECK IMPALED IN THE GROUND. THE DAMAGE SWATCH INCREASED TO ABOUT 225 YARDS AND WINDS INCREASED TO 80 TO 85 MPH. THERE WERE AT LEAST THREE TREES LAYING ON HOMES.

JUST EAST OFF CLAYPOOL BOYCE ROAD... THERE WAS A DISTINCT CHANGE IN THE TREE PATTERN. INSTEAD OF JUST GOING TO THE NORTHEAST TREES WERE NOW GOING TO THE NORTHWEST, NORTH AND NORTHEAST. A LARGE 2 X 8 WENT FLYING AND GOT WEDGED BETWEEN THE WINDSHIELD WIPER IN THE WINDSHIELD BUT INCREDIBLY DID NOT CRACK THE WINDSHIELD. THIS IS WHERE A SMALL TORNADO FORMED WITHIN THE STRAIGHT-LINE WIND PATH...WITH WINDS BETWEEN 80 AND 85 MPH. RESIDENTS REPORTED HALF INCH HAIL, FOLLOWED BY A SURGE IN LIGHTNING, THEN QUIET, THEN A 20 SECOND LOUD ROAR WITH POPPING IN THEIR EARS FOLLOWED BY COMPLETE SILENCE AGAIN.

FURTHER EAST IN THE 500 BLOCK OF KARA COURT...THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WITH THE BACK OF THE HOUSE BEING UPLIFTED AND INSULATION BEING THROWN UPWIND AND DOWNWIND AROUND THE BACK OF THE HOUSE. TREES WERE LAYING IN ALL DIRECTIONS WITH LOTS OF TWISTING AND MANY SNAPPED TREES. AT THE 200 BLOCK OF CROSS CREEK COURT, THE CLEAREST EVIDENCE OF TREES ARE FACING ALL EIGHT INTERCARDINAL HEADINGS. IN THIS AREA...RREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE SURVEY TEAM ESTIMATED WELL OVER 500 TREES IN A 1 MILE STRETCH HAVE BEEN UPROOTED SNAPPED OR PUSHED OVER. TWO OF THE SNAPPED TREES LANDED ON PICK UP TRUCKS. WINDS INCREASED TO EF1 RANGE OF 95 MPH AND A WIDTH OF 225 YARDS.

AT THE 2400 BLOCK OF WG TALLEY ROAD WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OF THE ENTIRE SURVEY. THREE BARNS WERE DESTROYED, 2 OF THEM WERE CONCRETED IN STRONG FIRM FOOTERS. ONE OF THE BARNS WAS 30 X 80, ONE WAS 150 X 100, AND ONE WAS 12 X 16 ALONG WITH NUMEROUS SHEDS DESTROYED, AND DEBRIS WAS THROWN IN ALL DIRECTIONS DOWNWIND UP TO 500 YARDS. A 5000 POUND HORSE TRAILER WAS THROWN TO THE NORTHWEST 70 YARDS. A VERY WELL-BUILT FAMILY RESIDENCE TOOK A DIRECT HIT FROM AN EF2 TORNADO, WITH THE FRONT SIDE OF THE HOME HAVING THE PLYWOOD EXPOSED AND WITH MOST OF THE SHINGLES GONE BUT THE REST OF THE HOUSE FULLY INTACT DUE TO THE HOUSE HAVING ALL THE PROPER CLIPS BRACES AND WITH REBAR. WIND SPEEDS AT THIS POINT WERE 116 MPH WITH A WIDTH OF 250 YARDS.

TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED INTO ALLEN COUNTY ALONG ALLEN SPRINGS ROAD. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTH OF BAILEY SCHOOL ROAD IN FAR NW ALLEN COUNTY.
Courtesy: NWS Louisville, KY