Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
NOUS43 KLMK 022255
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
555 PM EST Thu Mar 2 2017
...NWS Damage Survey for 03/01/2017 Tornado Event...
.Warren County Kentucky Tornado...
EF Scale Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 110 mph
Path Length/Statue/: Approx. 3 miles
Path Width/Maximum/: Max 125 yard, min 50 yards
Start Date: 03/01/2017
Start Time: 8:24 AM EST
Start Location: 11 miles SE of Bowling Green
Start Lat/Lon: 36.91N, -86.25W
End Date: 03/01/2017
End Time: 8:28 AM EST
End Location: 13 miles SE of Bowling Green
End Lat/Lon: 36.91N, -86.23W
The National Weather Service in conjunction with Warren County
Emergency Management Agency determined a high end EF-1 tornado in
southeastern Warren County, east of I-65 near Claypool community.
The initial damage was near 6480 Greenhill Road where there was
minor tree damage and a large storage shed picked up and thrown 20
feet. Winds were estimated at 50 mph. The initial tornado touchdown
occurred between Hayes Road and a large barn a quarter mile to the
west. Two power poles were snapped as well as significant damage to
a metal barn structure. Significant damaged occurred at 12327
Cemetery Road. Extensive tree damage in a large area containing both
softwoods and hardwoods twisted, uprooted, and snapped. A dog house
was thrown backwards to the west approximately 50 yards. A large
20x20 garage was lifted from its foundation and thrown 20 yards to
the south. The back wall of the house was bent inward along with
significant roofing damage. Metal sheeting, insulation, and other
debris was thrown in multiple directions and several hundred yards.
Mud spattering was very evident along the entire back side of the
house. The large mature cedar tree was twisted, bent, and sheared
off in places with house debris twisted around trunk of the tree.
Several household items including a TV remote and Monopoly money
were found a quarter mile downwind of the house as well as a billing
manifest impaled in a barb wire fence. The tornado was at its widest
at this time at approximately 125 yards with wind speeds 100 -
12854 Cemetery Rd: Further east on Cemetery road, a single family
residence experienced gutter and roof damage. A secondary older
wooden structure on the property received moderate damage as the
roof above the front porch was lifted and bent off its structure.Further down cemetery Rd a 100 x 30 new well constructed metal barn
had extensive damage to the roof and side walls. The roof was lifted
and thrown approximately 20 yards to the east. Debris was lifted and
strewn a quarter mile away. The pick up truck and camper were slid
about 30 degrees and several feet. Insulation was thrown a quarter
mile downwind as well as into the back of the building. Metal from
the building was thrown 20 yards, twisted, and bent around trees.
292 Martinsville Ford Rd: Well constructed large out building
suffered significant damage. Obvious cyclonic rotation was evident
in the grass in the field nearby with twigs and parts of the barn
impaled in the ground.
414 Martinsville Ford Rd: Large barn structure suffered significant
roof damage. A dog kennel was thrown southward with one dog stuck in
the trees in the dog house. Significant insulation was thrown from
the barn around the back of the house and deposited on several
vehicles. A large approximately 300 gallon fuel tank was blown over.
An automatic garage door motor and chain drive from the previous
address was thrown a 100 yards into neighbors yard. The tornado was
at its strongest between the two large barns with wind speeds of
110mph, a high EF-1.
600 Martinsville Ford Rd: Both garage doors on south facing side of
the house were blown in. Roof and shingle damage as well. The width
of the tornado decreased here to 50-60 yards in its ending stages
with wind speeds between 80 and 90mph. The tornado lifted about a
quarter mile down the road on the other side of the creek.
The National Weather Service would like to thank Mark Adams from the
Fort Knox weather station, Cody Moore, a UofL meteorology student, a
large contingent from the WKU meteorology program, Landon Hampton
from WxorNot BG, and Ronnie and Melissa from the Warren County EMA.
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
Note: The information in this statement is preliminary and subject
to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
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