National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado in Beaver Dam
Severe weather that passed through the Tri-State Saturday afternoon included wind as the main threat and when the storm reached Beaver Dam in Ohio County, residents saw more than straight line winds.
The National Weather Service in Louisville sent a damage survey team to Ohio County and they have determined an EF-1 did touch down on the east-southeast side. '
Here is their official report:
Public Information Statement National Weather Service Louisville KY 113 PM EST Sun Nov 19 2017 ...NWS Damage Survey for 11/18/2017 Tornado Event... .Beaver Dam, Kentucky Tornado... EF Scale Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 95-100 mph Path Length/Statue/: 2 miles Path Width/Maximum/: 60 yards Fatalities: 1 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 11/18/2017 Start Time: 3:32 PM EDT Start Location: 1/2 mile WSW of Beaver Dam Start Lat/Lon: 37.3994 / -86.9046 End Date: 11/18/2017 End Time: 3:34 PM EDT End Location: 1/2 mile SSE of Beaver Dam End Lat/Lon: 37.3956 / -86.8695 Survey Summary: This small tornado was embedded in a fast moving squall line that raced east at 55 mph. The twister first touched down at a home on U.S. Highway 62 just west of Goshen Church Road, tearing off shingles and uprooting a tree. It moved east-southeast, uprooting and snapping trees near the intersection of Hwy 62 and Goshen Church Rd, along with damaging some small outbuildings. It next downed a tree on Mine Fork Road that fell between a home and outbuilding, damaging both structures and causing a minor head injury to the occupant of the shed. Continuing over open fields, it next hit several residences along Hill, Mulberry, and South Mulberry streets before crossing U.S. Highway 231 and causing minor roof damage to the Post Office. The greatest damage occurred in this two block area, where up to a dozen outbuildings were destroyed or heavily damaged, and sections of roofing were lifted off homes and garages. Fences in the neighborhood were blown in a cyclonic pattern, providing evidence of the tight rotation pattern of the storm. After crossing Hwy 231, the tornado damaged several large warehouses, scattering wood and sheet metal debris. Along Bruce School Road, a chain link fence was flattened, and insulation was sucked out of the damaged roof of a two story home, then spattered along the east side of the home and adjacent vehicles. Another large tree was uprooted in this yard before the tornado lifted. Sheet metal and shingles were lifted into trees along the route of the storm. The NWS thanks Ohio County EMA for assistance in this damage survey. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories: EF0...Weak.....65 to 85 MPH EF1...Weak.....86 to 110 MPH EF2...Strong...111 to 135 MPH EF3...Strong...136 to 165 MPH EF4...Violent..166 to 200 MPH EF5...Violent..>200 MPH
A resident suffered a minor head injury.