Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
NOUS43 KLMK 112139
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
539 PM EDT Wed May 11 2016
...NWS Damage Survey for May 10 2016 Severe Thunderstorm Event...
.Ohio County, Kentucky Tornado...
EF Scale Rating: EF-2
Estimated Peak Wind: 110-115 mph
Path Length/Statue/: 8.6 miles
Path Width/Maximum/: 300 yards
Start Date: May 10 2016
Start Time: 7:06 PM EDT
Start Location: 1 mile NE of Hartford, KY
End Date: May 10 2016
End Time: 7:21 PM EDT
End Location: 2 miles WSW of Olaton, KY
End Lat/Lon: 37.516/-86.735
Survey Summary: A weak EF-0 tornado briefly touched down on Spinks
Drive just off of Highway 69. The tornado was only on the ground for
approximately 200 yards with a path width about 30-40 yards. A
basement crawlspace door was blown out along with siding and roof
damage at 125 Spinks Dr. There was evidence of isolated straight-
line winds with some maple trees on Hamlin Chapel Dr. The tornado
touched down for a second time at 41 El Retiro Ln where the path
width increased to 50 yards and the winds speed increased to 90-95
mph. Numerous large hardwood trees were snapped and twisted. An
outbuilding, previously used to make brooms, next to the house had
significant damage when a large tree fell on top of it. The
residents observed pea size hail.
The tornado increased in size at 532 Stoneridge Ln. A custom-built
home had exterior wall damage in the master bedroom with adjacent
bathroom. Their blow-in insulation blew out in all directions in the
house and the back porch resembled a snow globe. Numerous trees were
down along the property as well as a grain silo. The family survived
the tornado by sheltering in a 3-foot crawlspace and when they came
out, there was quarter-sized hail on the ground. Winds in this area
were 110 mph with a path width about 125 yards.
The tornado continued to move east northeast along the countryside
uprooting twisting and damaging numerous hardwood trees. The tornado
significantly increased in width to approximately 300 yards and did
a lot of damage along Halls Creek Rd. At 1130 Halls Creed Road 2-
inch hail occurred before an EF-2 tornado, with winds of 111 mph,
did significant damage to the property, which included a 30x50 large
barn sliding the wall 12 feet.
Along Walnut Rd, the tornado caused damage to several barns and
numerous softwood trees and hardwood trees. Metal sheeting from
barns was thrown in excess of 400 yards downwind.
At the intersection of Highway 1164 and 1544 at the Cedar Grove
Church there was roof damage to the church and many trees were
twisted and uprooted. The last visible damage was along Highway 1544
just east of 1164 with some trees uprooted and twisted. About 30
feet from the tree there was an outbuilding that had half its roof
blown off and the roof remnants were found about 50 yards away. We
ended the tornado approximately 400 yards from Highway 1544 near the
intersection of 1164.
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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