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Tornado near Crittenden and Piner, KY (EF3)

March 4, 2012

Tornado near Crittenden and Piner, KY (EF3)

March 2, 2012 Tornado near Crittenden and Piner, KY

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 902 PM EST SAT MAR 3 2012

…TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR CRITTENDEN AND PINER IN GRANT AND KENTON COUNTY KENTUCKY…

LOCATION…CRITTENDEN AND PINER IN GRANT AND KENTON COUNTY KENTUCKY
DATE…MARCH 2 2012
ESTIMATED TIME…430 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…160 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…AT LEAST A QUARTER MILE PATH
LENGTH…10 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…38.791N/84.633W
ENDING LAT/LON…38.8324N/84.459W
* FATALITIES…4
* INJURIES…SOME INJURIES DETAILS UNKNOWN

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR CRITTENDEN AND PINER IN GRANT AND KENTON COUNTY KENTUCKY ON MARCH 2 2012.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO BEGINNING NEAR CRITTENDEN KENTUCKY IN NORTHERN GRANT COUNTY…AND CONTINUING EAST NORTHEAST THROUGH PINER…FISKBURG AND MORNING VIEW IN SOUTHERN KENTON COUNTY.

IN NORTHERN GRANT COUNTY…MINOR DAMAGE BEGAN NEAR ROUTE 491 ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CRITTENDEN. THE DAMAGE INTENSIFIED AS IT APPROACHED THE AREA NEAR VIOLET ROAD AND BINGHAM LANE. SOME ROOF DAMAGE AND TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED…CONSISTENT WITH EF0. AS THE STORM PROGRESSED TO THE HARVESTERS SUBDIVISION…NUMEROUS HOMES HAD ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE. MUCH OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH EF0 AND EF1…WITH MINOR ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE.

ON THE WEST END OF THE HARVESTERS SUBDIVISION…THERE WAS AN ISOLATED AREA WHERE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH HIGH END EF2 TO LOW END EF3. SEVERAL MULTI FAMILY HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED…WITH THE ENTIRE ROOF REMOVED AND AT LEAST ONE OUTER WALL COLLAPSED…BUT SEVERAL INNER WALLS REMAINED INTACT. SUCH DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS NEAR 135 MPH.

THE STORM CONTINUED THE EAST NORTHEAST PATH INTO SOUTHERN KENTON COUNTY…WHERE THE 4 FATALITIES OCCURRED. HIGH END EF2 TO EF3 DAMAGE PERSISTED FROM DIXIE HIGHWAY…TO BAGBY ROAD…TO CARLISLE…PARKERS GROVE AND PAXTON ROADS TO ROUTE 17. WHILE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE OCCURRED EAST OF THIS AREA…IT WAS MORE CONSISTENT WITH EF0 TO EF1 DAMAGE TO THE CAMPBELL COUNTY LINE.

WIDESPREAD STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED THROUGH MUCH OF SOUTHERN KENTON COUNTY…FROM INTERSTATE 75 THROUGH PINER. SEVERAL BRICK FACADE AND SIDING HOMES HAD THE ENTIRE ROOF REMOVED…WITH WHOLE SECTIONS OF HOME WIPED FROM THE FOUNDATION. THERE WERE AT LEAST TWO HOMES WHICH WERE REMOVED FROM THE FOUNDATION. AT LEAST 3 VEHICLES WERE THROWN UP TO A QUARTER MILE OR MORE. SUCH DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH HIGH END EF3 DAMAGE…WITH WIND SPEEDS NEAR 160 MPH.

THE TORNADO PATH CONTINUED EASTWARD TO THE LICKING RIVER/CAMPBELL COUNTY LINE.

IN ADDITION TO THE PATH OF THE TORNADO ITSELF…THERE WAS A WIDE AREA OF REAR FLANK DOWNDRAFT /NON-TORNADIC/ WINDS ESTIMATED IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH ALONG THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE TORNADO PATH. THIS DAMAGE RESULTED IN NUMEROUS BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED…WITH HUNDREDS OF TREES SNAPPED OR PUSHED OVER…AS WELL AS WIDESPREAD ROOF DAMAGE.

FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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