Tornado Was an EF-2, 125 MPH Winds
By National Weather Service
PADUCAH - The National Weather Service in Paducah continues to survey damage and gather other data about the storms Thursday, including the tornado that tore through western McCracken County.

According to the NWS in Paducah, Thursday's tornado in Paducah/McCracken County has a preliminary rating of EF-2, with up to 125 mph winds, and a 20-mile long path.

The tornado developed near Cunningham and quickly intensified and widened, reaching 300 yards wide just west of Lovelaceville. The tornado reached its maximum intensity of EF-2 intermittently from just north of Lovelaceville to just southeast of Barkley Regional Airport (west of Paducah).

At least a dozen homes sustained major structural damage, including walls blown outward and partial roof loss. Four cows were killed near Lovelaceville. Dozens of barns, outbuildings, garages, and grain bins were destroyed.

Dozens of homes sustained minor damage, such as loss of shingles. A mall on the west side of Paducah sustained some roof damage, as well as an adjacent strip mall. Extensive tree and power line damage caused power outages for thousands.

The only reported injury occurred when a grain bin was blown onto a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 62.

Two survey teams were already out Thursday afternoon along the tornado path, and two more crews will begin on Friday at other sites. One site includes Carlisle County and Mississippi County in Missouri. The fourth team will survey an area in Union, Henderson and Webster counties south of Evansville.

By studying the storm damage done to man-made structures and vegetation, meteorologists can determine the path and width of the storm, determine if winds were straight-line gusts, downbursts or tornadic in nature, and estimate a tornado's intensity according to the enhanced Fujita scale.

On the Net:

Paducah Weather Service webpage

Published 01:45 PM, Friday Mar. 15, 2019
Updated 08:06 AM, Saturday Mar. 16, 2019

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