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Event Details

Event High Wind
Magnitude 56 kts.
State KENTUCKY
County/Area CHRISTIAN
WFO PAH
Begin Date 09/14/2008 08:15:00 CST-6
End Date 09/14/2008 09:45:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.50M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Frequent wind gusts from 60 to nearly 80 mph caused widespread damage in western Kentucky. The low pressure center that was the remnant of Hurricane Ike raced northeast at 40 to 50 mph across Missouri and Illinois. The center passed between Carbondale and St. Louis on its way toward the northeastern states. The rapid speed of the low pressure system contributed to this high wind event.

Several counties reported hundreds of structures sustained roof and siding damage. Other counties reported dozens of damaged structures. The county of Crittenden alone estimated 1,500 homes sustained some degree of wind damage. Extensive tree damage occurred. Thousands of trees were uprooted and very large limbs were broken. Some trees fell on homes and vehicles, causing considerable damage. Hundreds of insurance claims were filed in each county for damaged vehicles and buildings. Dozens of roads in each county were blocked by downed trees and power lines. Well over a hundred roads were blocked in the most forested counties. About 280 roads and streets were blocked in Crittenden County. Large signs were blown down. Numerous fences were blown down. A number of awnings were damaged. Traffic lights were ripped off lines. The communications tower for the sheriff's department radio system was blown down in Marion (Crittenden County). Numerous power poles and utility lines were down, including power poles that were snapped. Over 30 power poles were snapped in Paducah alone. Approximately two-thirds of western Kentucky was without power at the peak of the outages. Complete power restoration took six days, though the vast majority of customers were back on line within 72 hours. Schools were closed in some counties until power was restored. Expenses of two utility companies in far western Kentucky were estimated at one million dollars per company. A utility company noted that the damage to its infrastructure could exceed that caused by the February ice storm. Most injuries were caused by trees or limbs falling on people clearing debris during the high winds. Seventeen of the injuries occurred in Hopkins County, and seventeen additional injuries requiring hospital treatment occurred in Daviess County. The only injury in Caldwell County was critical. A local hospital in the Madisonville area reported treating twelve people for minor storm-related injuries. In Graves County, one man was injured when a tree fell onto his house in Mayfield. The man sustained a cut under his right eye and a head injury when part of the roof hit him. He was treated and released from a local hospital. In Henderson County, one person was injured when a tree fell on a camper and trapped the victim. The Daviess County and Owensboro 911 dispatch centers received a combined total of 770 emergency calls related to the storm. A State of Emergency was declared in a number of counties, including Daviess, Lyon, Hickman, and Carlisle. The governor declared a statewide State of Emergency. Emergency shelters for those without power or shelter were established in a few counties such as Daviess, Carlisle, and Graves.

Peak wind gusts were measured to 78 mph at a barge-loading facility near Grand Rivers. An off-duty National Weather Service meteorologist measured a gust to 75 mph at Calvert City. Other measured wind gusts included 73 mph at the Owensboro courthouse, 67 mph at Madisonville, 66 mph in Muhlenberg County southwest of Greenville, and 64 mph in the northwest corner of Christian County. A wind speed of 62 mph was sustained for 15 minutes at a mesonet station in Bardwell in Carlisle County.

Daviess County reported 111 structures sustained major damage, 550 received minor damage, and nine were destroyed. Daviess County officials believed minor damage was significantly under reported, with perhaps another 1,000 structures receiving minor damage. The west wall on the second floor of an Owensboro business collapsed. A church steeple was heavily damaged in Owensboro. In Carlisle County alone, 20 homes and mobile homes were destroyed due to falling trees. Carlisle and Graves Counties reported hundreds of homes sustained varying degrees of wind damage, mainly to roofs. Only four houses were uninhabitable in Graves County. At least 250 structures were damaged in Fulton County. More than 100 homes and 30 to 40 barns in Ballard County received minor damage. In Mclean County, half the roof was blown off the Sacramento Elementary School. In Palma in Marshall County, a large front porch and roof was blown off a home. Roofs of several businesses in Benton (Marshall County) were severely damaged or partially blown off. The roof was blown off a factory in Earlington (Hopkins County). Numerous corn fields were flattened, and roofs were peeled off chicken houses in Fulton County. Five tobacco barns were knocked down in Graves County, and seven other tobacco barns caught fire in Calloway County. Numerous small fires were started as a result of damaged electrical lines. Some of the fires were grass and brush fires, and others involved homes and businesses. In Mclean County, one house in Sacramento was destroyed by a fire. Another fire burned 150 acres of farmland on Highway 136 in Calhoun. Windows were blown out of several buildings in McCracken and Graves Counties, as well as the towns of Eddyville, Providence, and Dawson Springs. Shingles were blown off the Paducah National Weather Service office at the airport, and the roof was blown off a nearby hangar under construction. A tractor-trailer rig was blown over on Interstate 24 near a Paducah exit, causing traffic to be detoured. In Webster County, a train struck a fallen tree on the tracks. There were no injuries or major damage. The Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro was closed when a crane barge broke free from its moorings and crashed into the piers. No major damage was reported to the bridge. On Kentucky Lake, the winds created high waves and raised water levels. The winds and waves sank barges, overturned docks, and washed dozens of boats onshore. Six barges loaded with coal sank near Grand Rivers.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 39 113.600M 68.700M
FULTON (ZONE) FULTON (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 55 kts. EG 0 1 3.600M 3.000M
GRAVES (ZONE) GRAVES (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 1 8.000M 5.000M
BALLARD (ZONE) BALLARD (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 4.000M 4.000M
HICKMAN (ZONE) HICKMAN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 2.200M 3.000M
MCCRACKEN (ZONE) MCCRACKEN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 11.700M 3.000M
CARLISLE (ZONE) CARLISLE (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 07:45 CST-6 High Wind 59 kts. EG 0 0 2.200M 3.000M
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:00 CST-6 High Wind 65 kts. MG 0 0 7.200M 4.000M
LYON (ZONE) LYON (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 68 kts. EG 0 0 4.000M 3.000M
TRIGG (ZONE) TRIGG (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
CRITTENDEN (ZONE) CRITTENDEN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 4.200M 3.500M
CHRISTIAN (ZONE) CHRISTIAN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
LIVINGSTON (ZONE) LIVINGSTON (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 68 kts. MG 0 0 4.400M 4.000M
CALLOWAY (ZONE) CALLOWAY (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 1.500M 1.000M
CALDWELL (ZONE) CALDWELL (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:15 CST-6 High Wind 57 kts. EG 0 1 4.000M 3.000M
DAVIESS (ZONE) DAVIESS (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 63 kts. MG 0 17 15.000M 4.000M
HENDERSON (ZONE) HENDERSON (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 2 9.100M 4.000M
HOPKINS (ZONE) HOPKINS (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 58 kts. MG 0 17 9.300M 4.000M
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 4.500M 3.200M
MUHLENBERG (ZONE) MUHLENBERG (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 57 kts. MG 0 0 7.400M 5.000M
TODD (ZONE) TODD (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 5.000M 5.000M
UNION (ZONE) UNION (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 5.200M 4.000M
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) KY 09/14/2008 09:45 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 39 113.600M 68.700M