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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
534 PM EDT Sat Apr 29 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 04/29/2017 Tornado Event

.Oldham County, Kentucky Tornado

EF Scale Rating:           EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:       95mph
Path Length/Statute/:      Approx 1 mile
Path Width/Maximum/:       200-250 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                04/28/2017
Start Time:                11:53 PM EDT
Start Location:             1607 Church Side Dr. Goshen, Ky
Start Lat/Lon:             38.397283 / -85.592875

End Date:                  04/28/2017
End Time:                  11:56 PM EDT
End Location:              11956 US Highway 42 Goshen, Kentucky
End Lat/Lon:               38.40128 / -85.576787

Survey Summary:

The National Weather Service conducted two storm surveys across
eastern Clark County Indiana around the Charlestown area, and in
Oldham County around Goshen, Kentucky.

The survey team found sporadic downburst wind damage in the city of
Charlestown as well as in Charlestown State Park near the Ohio
River. Wind speeds were estimated to be around 50 or 55 mph.

In Oldham County a small tornado developed in a new subdivision at
1607 Church Side Drive in Goshen. Winds were estimated to be 70 mph
with a path width of only 50 yards. The tornado quickly increased in
width and speed as it approached Highway 1793. The tornado hit a
large church at 1620 Highway 1793 damaging the roof on two buildings,
including the main worship center. There was extensive tree damage
with hardwoods split, uprooted, and snapped in multiple directions.
Winds were estimated to be 85 to 90 mph.

The tornado did extensive damage along Harmony Landing with
extensive tree damage and powerlines and power poles down. A side
road off of Harmony Landing near Highway 1793 had the most damage of
all. There were numerous trees snapped and a single family residence
had significant roof damage, barn damage, and at this location winds
were estimated to be 95 mph with a path width of 250 yards.

In the area between Harmony Landing in the Creasey Mahan Nature
Preserve there was evidence of massive flash flooding overnight. The
Creasey Preserve rain gauge measured 5.5 inches of rain in about a 9
hour stretch after dark, with roads partially washed out. There were
numerous trees snapped, uprooted, topped, and split all across the
nature preserve. This includes many species of trees from cedar and
pines to oaks and maples. A couple of large trees damaged some of
their buildings by falling on roofs and gutters. There was extensive
tree damage all along Goshen Lane, Cliffwood Drive, and Valley Drive
with trees as the main damage indicator.

The tornado crossed US Highway 42 and toppled several trees blocking
the road temporarily overnight.

The tornado began to rope out and lift just past the residence at
11956 US Highway 42. There were only a couple of trees uprooted or
snapped at this property and some minor limb damage up to 200 yards
past that home.

The National Weather Service thanks David Wheeler from the Creasey
Mahan Nature Preserve for all of his help and assistance.

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

Note:  The information in this statement is preliminary and subject
to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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weather.gov/louisville.

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