Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF0
-- Length 1.03 Miles
-- Width 40 Yards
State KENTUCKY
County/Area CHRISTIAN
WFO PAH
Begin Date 08/04/2009 17:55:00 CST-6
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth NNW
Begin Location GAINSVILLE
Begin Lat/Lon 36.9/-87.48
End Date 08/04/2009 17:57:00 CST-6
End Range 2
End Azimuth N
End Location GAINSVILLE
End Lat/Lon 36.89/-87.47
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 1/0
Property Damage 35.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An organized complex of thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front as it approached southern Illinois and southeast Missouri during the hottest and most unstable time of day. Very strong instability, coupled with moderately strong mid-level winds, resulted in numerous damaging wind events. Most of the damaging winds were associated with small-scale bows that raced southeast ahead of the main storm complex.
Event Narrative This tornado briefly touched down twice within an area of downburst winds. The first brief touchdown, which was eyewitnessed by a trained spotter, began at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and the bypass (Kentucky 1682). This tornado travelled just north of the bypass for about one-half mile. Damage included two fiberglass light poles snapped at the base, several trees snapped, and large limbs broken. An additional brief touchdown occurred just east of the Pennyrile Parkway on the south side of the bypass. Damage included a roof torn off a metal storage building, which was blown north back across the highway. One trained spotter was struck by a flying piece of wood and received a badly bruised shoulder which required hospital treatment. Peak winds were estimated near 80 mph.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 1 701.00K 40.00K
ROSEWOOD MUHLENBERG CO. KY 08/04/2009 14:15 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARRSVILLE LIVINGSTON CO. KY 08/04/2009 16:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
MARION CRITTENDEN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 45.00K 10.00K
MARION CRITTENDEN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:00 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 250.00K 30.00K
BARLOW BALLARD CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
FREDONIA CALDWELL CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. MG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
CALVERT CITY MARSHALL CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:12 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KREBS MCCRACKEN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 8.00K 0.00K
MARION CRITTENDEN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:30 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
GAINSVILLE CHRISTIAN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:55 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 1 35.00K 0.00K
PLEASANT GREEN HILL CHRISTIAN CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
ROCKCASTLE TRIGG CO. KY 08/04/2009 17:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. MG 0 0 35.00K 0.00K
PRINCETON CALDWELL CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:00 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW CYPRESS HICKMAN CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
ALMO CALLOWAY CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
HERNDON CHRISTIAN CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:14 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BANCROFT MUHLENBERG CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:18 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
HERNDON CHRISTIAN CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:18 CST-6 Lightning 0 0 18.00K 0.00K
ELKTON TODD CO. KY 08/04/2009 18:34 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 6.00K 0.00K
KEVIL BALLARD CO. KY 08/04/2009 19:15 CST-6 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PADUCAH MCCRACKEN CO. KY 08/04/2009 20:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 1 701.00K 40.00K