The National Weather Service in Paducah says a storm survey shows preliminary findings of two tornadoes in the Tri-State. The NWS says preliminary findings show an EF1 tornado touched down in northern Vanderbugh County and tracked into western Warrick County. The NWS also says an EF1 touched down in northern Spencer County south of Gentryville.
The NWS adds the tornado that traveled from Vanderburgh to Warrick County had a peak wind of 110 miles per hour. Its path was 8.5 miles miles long. The width of the tornado averaged 325 yards while its max width was 500 yards.
“We’ve got to go across the entire damage swath, which really tracked across parts of at least three counties,” said Rick Shanklin, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS Paducah office. “It definitely looks like the winds were around 100 miles per hour. Maybe even a bit more than that. We’ll take a closer look at some of the damage.”
Shanklin teamed up with Vanderburgh county emergency management officials to tour storm damage in the northern part of the county. The storm toppled trees, sheared power lines and pummeled a pole barn at a home near Volkman Road.
“If there were more buildings, we’d probably have more damage and injuries possibly,” said Cliff Weaver, the director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Emergency Management Agency. “We’re fortunate this was out in the farmland.”