Path length: 1.06 miles

Width:  1408 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  1

Rating:  EF3

County:  Lawrence

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 38.8498 / -86.6062   End:  38.8525 / -86.5868        

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.


26 tornadoes occurred on March 8, 2009.  The strongest was given a rating of EF3.  It was a quick-hitting tornado in Lawrence County, IN.  It moved to the east-northeast for just over a mile.  There is a discrepancy in the width.  The SPC has a width of 1408 yards.  The Storm Data Narrative lists this as well in the stat area of the summary.  In the midst of the summary, though, the NWS says the maximum width was 1/8 of a mile (220 yards.)

The tornado destroyed the above-ground portions of two homes.  There was major damage to a trailer home.  Two other homes had lesser damage.  It picked a full-size school bus up, turned it around and onto its side, and moved it uphill onto the foundation of what had been an occupied home. One injury occurred and no fatalities.

Image via the March 2009 Storm Data Publication


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We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases and the March 2009 Storm Data Publication and found the following differences:


  • SPC/NCDC have the max width at 1408 yards.  
  • The Storm Data Narrative also shows this in the stat area of the summary.
  • In the body of the summary though, the NWS says the max width was 1/8 of a mile which is 220 yards.
  • I have written to the NWS to see which width is correct.

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