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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
904 PM EDT Tue Mar 28 2017

...NWS Damage Survey for 03/27/2017 Tornado Event...

.Center, Metcalfe County, KY Tornado

EF Scale Rating:           EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:       105-110 mph
Path Length/Statute/:      0.3
Path Width/Maximum/:       100 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                03/27/2017
Start Time:                5:05 PM CDT
Start Location:            0.3 miles southwest of Center, KY
Start Lat/Lon:             37.1369 / -85.6990

End Date:                  03/27/2017
End Time:                  5:05 PM CDT
End Location:              0.15 miles southeast of Center, KY
End Lat/Lon:               37.1388 / -85.6941

Survey Summary:

This squall-line tornado was on the ground for just over a quarter
of a mile, but caused considerable destruction.  It touched down
about 0.3 miles southwest of Center, destroying two large barns and
a small outbuilding in addition to taking the roof off a small home.
The front porch of a nearby home was briefly raised, causing the
supports to fall out.  The tornado moved northeast, streaming debris
from the four buildings in a cyclonic pattern and into a nearby
automotive repair shop that had one door blown in and another
outward. The large metal shop had minor roof damage, but was pierced
in several locations by debris from the outbuildings to the west and
the entire facility was shifted slightly off its foundation.  Numerous vehicles near the repair shop sustained damage when hit by
large debris from the barns to the southwest.  The cab of a small
pickup was crushed by debris and the vehicle blown onto Highway
969.  An RV parked next to the shop was blown into a utility pole.
Several other vehicles had windows broken out.  Metal roof panels from the destroyed buildings, along with
insulation from the small home, was wrapped around trees as far as
a half mile from their origin, with other small debris observed as
far as 3/4 mile from the initial touchdown location.

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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