Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Thunderstorm Wind
Magnitude 60 kts.
State KENTUCKY
County/Area FLEMING
WFO JKL
Begin Date 03/02/2012 17:20:00 EST-5
Begin Range 0
Begin Azimuth N
Begin Location MT CARMEL
Begin Lat/Lon 38.48/-83.63
End Date 03/02/2012 17:20:00 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 20.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative During the afternoon and evening hours of March 2nd, 2012, an historic tornado outbreak occurred in eastern Kentucky. Tornadoes struck Menifee, Morgan, Bath, Wolfe, Laurel, Johnson and Martin Counties causing a combined 16 deaths in those counties. The hardest hit areas were West Liberty in Morgan county, Salyersville in Magoffin county, and East Bernstadt in Laurel county. One of the strongest tornadoes in this outbreak, rated at EF-3 with winds estimated at 140 mph, caused extensive damage in Menifee and Morgan counties. This tornado killed 2 people in Menifee county and took an additional 6 lives in Morgan county. The town of West Liberty was particularly hard hit, with every building in the downtown area suffering some degree of damage. Several homes were swept off their foundations.

A second EF-3 tornado touched down in extreme southeast Wolfe County and cut a path of damage across portions of Magoffin, Johnson, and Martin Counties. This twister was at its most intense strength in Magoffin and Johnson Counties, with winds estimated at 160 mph. This tornado caused catastrophic damage in parts of Salyersville. This second tornado killed 2 people in Johnson County.

A third strong tornado caused extensive damage in and near the community of East Bernstadt in Laurel County. This tornado was rated at EF-2 and caused 6 fatalities. Most of these deaths occurred when several trailer homes were picked up and destroyed by the tornado.

An EF-1 tornado was also confirmed in Bath County. This tornado caused extensive damage to trees, farm buildings and residences along its track. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries occurred as a result of this tornado.

The storms that occurred on March 2nd also produced very large hail. Reports were received of hailstones as big as baseballs. Extensive damage to trees and structures due to thunderstorm wind gusts also occurred. To top it all off, the heavy rain produced by the large and powerful thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in several counties where tornadoes also occurred.
Event Narrative A mobile home was blown off its foundation in Mount Carmel.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 16 187 122.005M 0.00K
BINGHAMTON BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 13:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAGE BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 13:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAY CITY POWELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:20 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAY CITY POWELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:20 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MT CARMEL FLEMING CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:20 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
LEVEE MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:21 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSONVILLE MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:25 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MT STERLING MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:28 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOREHEAD ROWAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
MEANS MENIFEE CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:32 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSONVILLE MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:35 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARIBA MENIFEE CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:39 EST-5 Tornado EF3 2 30 2.000M 0.00K
FRENCHBURG MENIFEE CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:40 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHARPSBURG BATH CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:40 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRIPLETT ROWAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
FRENCHBURG MENIFEE CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:41 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEARNS MCCREARY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:43 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
MARSHES SIDING MCCREARY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:43 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARTVILLE MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:46 EST-5 Tornado EF3 6 80 75.000M 0.00K
WELLINGTON MENIFEE CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:48 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JUDY MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:55 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MT STERLING MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:59 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MT STERLING MONTGOMERY CO. KY 03/02/2012 17:59 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST LIBERTY MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:00 EST-5 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OWINGSVILLE BATH CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:08 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 775.00K 0.00K
WEST LIBERTY MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:10 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TILTON FLEMING CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:10 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
NOLAND ESTILL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:10 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAINS STORE PULASKI CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:10 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEATON JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:13 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
FRAKES BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOREHEAD ROWAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:21 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SANDY HOOK ELLIOTT CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:26 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MIDDLESBORO BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:30 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MIDDLESBORO BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
DEWDROP ELLIOTT CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:34 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAMPTON WOLFE CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:35 EST-5 Hail 3.00 in. 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
PINEVILLE BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:35 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MIRACLE BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
SCIENCE HILL PULASKI CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:40 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HULEN BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:42 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANNEL CITY MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:45 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PULASKI PULASKI CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:45 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLACK SNAKE BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:45 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURKHART WOLFE CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:50 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALLINS CREEK HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:50 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CUTUNO MAGOFFIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:51 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 30 25.000M 0.00K
NETTY MAGOFFIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:51 EST-5 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALLINS CREEK HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:56 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PONGO ROCKCASTLE CO. KY 03/02/2012 18:57 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARLAN HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:00 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARLAN HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAYS KNOB HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:00 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OIL SPGS JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:03 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONTICELLO WAYNE CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:03 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FERGUSON PULASKI CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:03 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OIL SPGS JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:04 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAZEL PATCH LAUREL CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:04 EST-5 Tornado EF2 6 40 5.000M 0.00K
PITTSBURG LAUREL CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PUTNEY HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ASA JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:08 EST-5 Tornado EF3 2 7 10.000M 0.00K
EAST BERNSTADT LAUREL CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:10 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
MC WHORTER LAUREL CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:10 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PAINTSVILLE JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PAINTSVILLE JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:15 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOETOWN BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAINTSVILLE JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:17 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHEVROLET HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:17 EST-5 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THELMA JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:17 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAYS KNOB HARLAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:23 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAVISPORT MARTIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:25 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
PAINTSVILLE JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:26 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INEZ MARTIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:38 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INEZ MARTIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 19:39 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARJAY BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:00 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
FONDE BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:10 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MIDDLESBORO BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:25 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STACY FORK MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MIDDLESBORO BELL CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:40 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WITTENSVILLE JOHNSON CO. KY 03/02/2012 20:55 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOMAHAWK MARTIN CO. KY 03/02/2012 21:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRASSY CREEK MORGAN CO. KY 03/02/2012 22:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOMAHAWK MARTIN CO. KY 03/03/2012 01:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 16 187 122.005M 0.00K