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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 2.57 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
State KENTUCKY
County/Area CHRISTIAN
WFO PAH
Begin Date 04/26/2011 00:05:00 CST-6
Begin Range 1
Begin Azimuth SW
Begin Location (HOP)FT CAMPBELL AAF
Begin Lat/Lon 36.66/-87.51
End Date 04/26/2011 00:08:00 CST-6
End Range 2
End Azimuth NE
End Location (HOP)FT CAMPBELL AAF
End Lat/Lon 36.69/-87.48
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 1.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A pronounced mid-level shortwave trough and associated 70 to 80 knot mid-level jet progressed northeastward from the southern Plains across Arkansas and Missouri. An associated surface low developed northeastward from southwest Missouri toward northwest Illinois. A gradual increase in the warm sector southerly low level jet occurred as the surface low deepened. Increasing vertical wind shear in the moist and unstable warm sector resulted in organized severe storms. The storms were organized into bowing lines with embedded supercell structures.
Event Narrative The tornado struck the Fort Campbell airfield directly, causing extensive damage. One building structure destroyed was rated for 104 mph winds. Several very large and heavy constructed buildings suffered major damage at the Fort Campbell Army Airfield. Large doors to these buildings, which were rated for 115 to 144 mph winds, were blown in. Several other smaller buildings received minor to major damage. Numerous heavy vehicles were damaged, with at least three flipped over. Immediately north of the airfield, across farmland, several dozen trees were snapped or uprooted, two barns were heavily damaged, three power poles were blown down, and some shingles were blown off a house. A security guard witnessed the tornado during two separate illuminations provided by lightning. The security guard's vehicle was moved backward approximately ten feet during the tornado. A second security guard witnessed the tornado. Two security cameras recorded the tornado passage. One camera showed winds blowing in opposite directions over an approximate 30-second interval. Peak winds were estimated near 140 mph. The average path width was 250 yards.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 4.155M 0.00K
DUKEDOM GRAVES CO. KY 04/25/2011 22:53 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
MASSAC MCCRACKEN CO. KY 04/25/2011 22:55 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURRAY CALLOWAY CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 88 kts. MG 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
VAN CLEAVE CALLOWAY CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
WADESBORO CALLOWAY CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:30 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 80.00K 0.00K
GOLDEN POND TRIGG CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:36 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 70 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
KUTTAWA LYON CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:37 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
EDDYVILLE LYON CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:40 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
CADIZ TRIGG CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 70 kts. EG 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
BAKERS CALDWELL CO. KY 04/25/2011 23:50 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
REPTON CRITTENDEN CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRACEY CHRISTIAN CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:04 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
(HOP)FT CAMPBELL AAF CHRISTIAN CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:05 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
TRENTON TODD CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 70 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
PROVIDENCE WEBSTER CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:12 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
ELKTON TODD CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:14 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 80.00K 0.00K
HENDERSON HENDERSON CO. KY 04/26/2011 00:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 62 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 4.155M 0.00K