Trying To Get Back To Normal

It has been a wild ride this past week in the world of weather. Finally... I think things are much calmer!

First of all... a big thank you goes out to so many people who have been sharing the information that we have put on our web channel and on social media sites. Another big thank you goes out to all of you that have been giving to thers during this extremely hard time. Eastern Kentuckians are the first there when you need a helping hand... and once again we are proving it!

I have been tied up since last Friday... but I did make enough time to post a snow blog on Sunday night. Thankfully, things have been running pretty smoothly in the weather department. You might have seen this information before... but I feel like it is my responsibility to post it here on the blog.

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MENIFEE...MORGAN AND EXTREME NORTHWEST
JOHNSON COUNTIES...

...TORNADO REACHED EF3 INTENSITY IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES AND
EF1 INTENSITY IN JOHNSON COUNTY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-3 TORNADO IN MENIFEE AND
MORGAN COUNTIES...AND AN EF1 TORNADO IN JOHNSON COUNTY ON MARCH 2
2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARIBA IN
MENIFEE COUNTY AT 539 PM EST. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST...AND HIT WEST
LIBERTY AT ABOUT 558 PM EST...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE
DOWNTOWN AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST FROM WEST LIBERTY THROUGH
THE REMAINDER OF MORGAN COUNTY WITH A CONSISTENT DAMAGE PATH OF
APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE IN WIDTH. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED INTO
LAWRENCE COUNTY AT 610 PM EST APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE EAST OF THE MOON
COMMUNITY BEFORE ENTERING THE EXTREME NORTHWEST TIP OF JOHNSON
COUNTY 1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF THE KEATON AREA AROUND 613 PM EST. THE
TORNADO STRADDLED THE JOHNSON/LAWRENCE COUNTY LINE UNTIL PASSING
ENTIRELY BACK INTO LAWRENCE COUNTY 2 1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE
KEATON AREA AT APPROXIMATELY 618 PM EST. DAMAGE IN EXTREME NORTHWEST
JOHNSON COUNTY WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN EF1 TORNADO. THIS TORNADO
CONTINUED THROUGH LAWRENCE COUNTY AND INTO WAYNE AND LINCOLN
COUNTIES IN WEST VIRGINIA.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
TORNADO ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 140 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 3 FATALITIES IN MENIFEE COUNTY AND 6 FATALITIES
IN MORGAN COUNTY
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 539 PM EST AT 37.905022N/83.614639W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION*: 618 PM EST AT 37.9921N/82.9198W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 36 MILES IN MENIFEE...MORGAN & JOHNSON COUNTIES
                    60 MILES IN KENTUCKY
                    APPROX 95 MILES TOTAL
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM 1 MILE WIDTH

 

Submitted by YouTube user: 2010snapshot

 

Submitted to YouTube by: Kevin Adkins

 

Submitted to YouTube by: Stephanie Fannin

Those videos were all of the same tornado. The one that leveled the city of West Liberty.

Here's the other information from the other storms.

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN EXTREME SOUTHWEST WOLFE...MAGOFFIN...JOHNSON
AND MARTIN COUNTIES...

...TORNADO REACHED EF3 INTENSITY IN MAGOFFIN AND JOHNSON COUNTIES...
EF2 INTENSITY IN MARTIN COUNTY AND EF1 INTENSITY IN WOLFE COUNTY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED A LONG TRACKED TORNADO MOVED FROM
EXTREME SOUTHEAST WOLFE COUNTY...ACROSS MAGOFFIN...JOHNSON AND
MARTIN COUNTIES ON MARCH 2 2012. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF3 INTENSITY
IN MAGOFFIN AND JOHNSON COUNTIES...EF2 IN MARTIN COUNTY AND EF1 IN
WOLFE COUNTY. THIS TORNADO CROSSED THE TUG FORK RIVER NEAR BEAUTY
KENTUCKY AND MOVED INTO WEST VIRGINIA APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE BEFORE
ENDING. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ALONG HWY 1094 JUST SOUTHEAST OF THE
COMMUNITY OF BURKHART IN WOLFE COUNTY AROUND 650 PM EST. THE TORNADO
MOVED EAST-NORTHEAST...AND HIT SALYERSVILLE AT EF3 STRENGTH AROUND
703 PM EST...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST
NORTHEAST MAINTAINING EF3 INTENSITY...AND LIKELY REACHED ITS MAXIMUM
WIND SPEED OF 160 MPH IN JOHNSON COUNTY. THE TORNADO BECAME WEAKER
AS IT MOVED INTO AND ACROSS MARTIN COUNTY...WITH MAXIMUM INTENSITY
IN MARTIN COUNTY AT EF2. THE TORNADO EXITED KENTUCKY AROUND 738 PM
EST.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
TORNADO ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 160 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 2 FATALITIES IN JOHNSON COUNTY
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 650 EST AT 37.703883N/83.2728W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION*: 738 PM EST AT 37.832617N/82.403883W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 48 MILES IN KENTUCKY
                    49 MILES TOTAL
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM WIDTH 0.75 MILES

I have yet to see any video of this storm. If some turns up... I'll be sure to share it with you guys!

..EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN LAUREL COUNTY KENTUCKY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-2 TORNADO IN LAUREL COUNTY ON
MARCH 2 2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 4.3 MILES WEST OF EAST
BERNSTADT AND THE TORNADO LIFTED ABOUT 3.6 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
EAST BERNSTADT. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 125 MPH. THIS
TORNADO DAMAGED OR DESTROYED SEVERAL RESIDENCES AND CAUSED 5
FATALITIES.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 125 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 5 FATALITIES
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 705 PM EST AT 37.197228N/84.194806W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION: 712 PM EST AT 37.235781N/84.091847W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 6.3 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: 310 YARDS

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN BATH COUNTY KENTUCKY...

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-1 TORNADO IN BATH COUNTY ON
MARCH 2 2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR THE BATH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
NEAR OWINGSVILLE AT 608 PM EST. THE TORNADO HAD AN INTERMITTENT PATH
TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST OF APPROXIMATELY 7 1/2 MILES...CROSSING I-64
AND CAUSING DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS TREES...BARN ROOFS AND RESIDENTIAL
STRUCTURES ALONG THE WAY. THE TORNADO LIFTED FOR THE FINAL TIME
APPROXIMATELY 2 1/2 MILES NORTHWEST OF SALT LICK KENTUCKY.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
TORNADO ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 100 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION: 608 PM EST AT 38.1367N/83.7781W
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION: 613 PM EST AT 38.1483N/83.6427W
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 7 1/2 MILES
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM OF 250 YARDS

Just an incredible day! That's all I can say... just simply incredible!

Rain will return to the area on Thursday. My biggest concern with this system is mainly the threat for heavy rains. We could certainly see those chances come into play with this system.

I have had several pepole ask me if severe weather is a big concern on Thursday.... i don't blame them for asking!!!! After what we just went through... I think everyone is a little gun shy. I do think that we could see some thunderstorms... but nothing like what we had on Friday. That was a very rare set-up in the atmosphere that we just don't see quite often.

Just to keep you guys at ease... here's a graphic from the SPC. It will automatically update if anything at all changes.

SPC Products Overview

I will talk with you again really soon!

C-Ya Bye

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