National Weather Service Monroe County Storm Survey Details

February 5-6 2008


...INITIAL DAMAGE SURVEY OF TWO EF-3 TORNADOES IN SOUTHERN KENTUCKY...

ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6 2008 A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE
SURVEY TEAM TRAVELED THROUGH PARTS OF ALLEN AND MONROE COUNTIES
IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY TO VIEW THE EFFECTS OF TWO TORNADOES
WHICH STRUCK THE AREA DURING THE LATE EVENING AND EARLY MORNING
HOURS OF FEBRUARY 5-6. THE SURVEY REVEALED TWO EF-3 TORNADOES HAD
OCCURRED...SEPARATED IN DISTANCE BY APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES...BUT IN
TIME BY APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS.

THE FIRST TORNADO CROSSED INTO MONROE COUNTY KENTUCKY FROM
TENNESSEE AT APPROXIMATELY 1030 PM CST 3.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE
TOWN OF GAMALIEL. THE TORNADO RACED NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH...DESTROYING
TWO MOBILE HOMES AND TWO CONVENTIONAL HOMES 2 MILES WEST OF
GAMALIEL. THIRTEEN RESIDENTS OF THE FOUR HOMES TOOK SHELTER IN THE
BASEMENT OF ONE OF THEM...AND SURVIVED UNINJURED...THOUGH THEY WERE
TRAPPED IN THE BASEMENT FOR UP TO 30 MINUTES BEFORE THEY WERE ABLE
TO DIG THEMSELVES OUT THROUGH THE RUBBLE.

THE TORNADO ALSO DAMAGED SEVERAL OTHER HOMES IN A SUBDIVISION 1
MILE NORTH OF GAMALIEL...INCLUDING TAKING THE ROOF OFF OF A BRICK
HOME...AND STRIPPING THE BRICK FROM SEVERAL OF THE WALLS. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED ON A NORTHEAST TRACK OVER RURAL
COUNTRYSIDE...PRIMARILY UPROOTING AND SNAPPING LARGE TREES IN THE
HEAVILY WOODED AREA AS IT HEADED TOWARD TOMPKINSVILLE. ON THE
NORTH SIDE OF TOMPKINSVILLE, THE TORNADO COMPLETELY DESTROYED A
LARGE WOOD-FRAME METAL WAREHOUSE AND TWISTED A LARGE STEEL-FRAMED
METAL BUILDING OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND COLLAPSING HALF THE BUILDING.

IMMEDIATELY ACROSS THE HIGHWAY FROM THE TWO INDUSTRIAL
BUILDINGS...A WELL BUILT BRICK HOME AT THE TOP OF A HILL WAS LEFT
WITH ONLY A FEW INTERIOR WALLS REMAINING AS ITS ROOF AND SIDE
WALLS WERE SWEPT AWAY. A NEARBY DETACHED 3-CAR GARAGE WAS ALSO
DESTROYED.

TORNADO DETAILS...KNOWN AT THIS TIME...

MONROE COUNTY TORNADO
PATH LENGTH: 12+ MILES
PATH WIDTH: 0.25 MILE
RATING: EF-3
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 160 MPH
INJURIES: NONE KNOWN
FATALITIES: NONE
START TIME: MOVED IN FROM TENNESSEE AT APPROXIMATELY 1030 PM CST
END TIME: NOT YET DETERMINED. SURVEY TEAM WILL COMPLETE TRACK THURSDAY

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THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST OVER ONE-HALF MILE NORTHWEST
OF HAYESVILLE ABOUT ONE-QUARTER MILE NORTH OF THE STATE LINE. THE
TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AT AROUND 55 MPH AND DESTROYED A MOBILE
HOME 1 MILE NORTH OF HAYESVILLE. IT ALSO HEAVILY DAMAGED A NEARBY
CONVENTIONAL HOME...DESTROYED AN OUTBUILDING AND OVERTURNED
ANOTHER NEARBY MOBILE HOME ONE-QUARTER MILE TO THE NORTH.
CONTINUING NORTHEAST...THE TORNADO WIDENED TO NEARLY ONE-HALF MILE
ACROSS AS IT DESTROYED 5 MOBILE HOMES AND 3 CONVENTIONALLY BUILT
HOMES...ALONG WITH NUMEROUS LARGE OUTBUILDINGS ALONG TRACY LANE
AND TRACY ROAD. 4 RESIDENTS WERE KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE MOBILE HOMES
IN THIS AREA AND 4 OTHERS WERE INJURED. SEVERAL HORSES AND OTHER
FARM ANIMALS WERE ALSO KILLED.

THIS TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST OVER HEAVILY WOODED RURAL
AREA BEFORE WEAKENING AND DISSIPATING NEAR FOUNTAIN RUN IN
WESTERN MONROE COUNTY.

ALLEN COUNTY TORNADO
PATH LENGTH: 9 MILES
PATH WIDTH: 0.4 MILE
RATING: EF-3
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED: 160 MPH
INJURIES: 4 KNOWN
FATALITIES: 4
START TIME: APPROXIMATELY 140 AM CST
END TIME: APPROXIMATELY 153 AM CST

Monroe County Photos:

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The following photos were taken at Fountain Run, and sent to us by Chris Allen at WBKO:

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The next couple of pictures were sent to us by George Stewart of Gamaliel:
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Radar Imagery:

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Page Updated: 02/13/2008 7 PM EST


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