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08aprAll DayFairfield (Nelson County, KY)

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Start Time: 11:20 pm EDT 

End Time: 11:25 pm EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 90-95 mph

Path length: 4 miles

Width: 45 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Nelson

State:  Kentucky

Start Lat/Lon:  37.9286 / -85.4246

End Lat/Lon:  37.8763 / -85.3599


The National Weather Service conducted a storm damage assessment survey across Northern Nelson County from storms late Wednesday night April 8. The survey team found winds between 90 and 95 mph on the eastern side of Cox’s Creek KY. 

The tornado initially touched down on the northwest side of a large family home and farm on Fairfield Road. The upper part of the roof of a two-story home was lifted off and thrown in various directions. Several large 2 by 10s and 4 by 8s were impaled in the ground about 50 yards from the barn. Two trees on the property sustained extensive twisting and several large section of the trees were snapped. The tornado at this point was only 35 yards wide with wind  speeds of 95 mph. The owner of the house was upstairs sleeping, when he heard his ears popping, then a large roar of wind on top of the house and bricks fell on his bed. Surprisingly he sustained no injuries. 

The tornado then moved across a mixture of open farmer fields and scattered forest. There is a significant swath of tree damage between Fairfield Road and Murray’s Run Road. Trees were uprooted, snapped, and twisted. Thanks to Nelson County drone you could clearly see trees laying in multiple directions. 

The tornado hit a property on Murray’s Run Rd ripping off the sides of a large well-built barn. The back part of the barn was thrown to the west while a wagon in the trailer was pushed out through the barn. A 72 x 12 shed, next to the barn was destroyed. Parts of that barn were impaled into the ground 75 to 80 yards down wind. The tornado was at its widest at 45 yards here with 95 mph winds. Another remarkable thing is the family house was only 60 yards from the damage path, and did not even have a shingle on the house. 

Across the street the tornado did extensive roof damage to family house and barn, uplifting several large parts of it. Debris from the barn was thrown up to 300 yards downwind and in many different directions. The family said that they heard all the doors in the house shut tightly and heard a distinct roar. 

The tornado produced sporadic damage across farmland mainly in terms of trees, with more concentrated damage along Plum Run Road. Cedar tree damage was rather extensive with many cedars being snapped and twisted. Winds were around 90 mph here with a width of 40 yards. 

The tornado destroyed an old barn on Chester Hahn Rd but weakened to an EF0 of 80 mph and ended with a few snapped trees before Dugan Lane. 

NWS Louisville would like send out our sincere gratitude to Nelson County deputy emergency management director John Hendricks for all of his assistance.


Sources:

Public Information Statement

Damage Assessment Toolkit


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