Friday, March 16, 2012

The Tornado Chronicles: Peach Grove, KY, Moscow, OH and Hamersville, OH Tornado of 3-2-12...

A strong tornado tracked across extreme northcentral Kentucky and extreme southwest Ohio during the late afternoon hours of Friday, March 2, 2012.  This tornado was rated EF-3 intensity with maximum winds estimated at 160 mph according to the National Weather Service (NWS) survey.  

The tornado was estimated to have touched down at approximately 4:40 pm EST about 3.5 miles West/Northwest of Peach Grove, KY, and remained on the ground for approximately 23 miles before lifting about 1.5 miles South/Southeast of Hamersville, OH.  The maximum damage path width was one quarter of a mile.
The numbers on the above track map correspond to the following photos taken by the NWS survey team (click to enlarge for greater detail):

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The survey noted that there was "extensive" damage to structures and trees along the entire length of the tornado's path on both sides of the river.  An area of extensive straight-line wind damage (with wind speeds estimated to be in excess of 100 mph) was also noted on the Southern flank of the storm in Pendleton County, KY, near Peach Grove.

The following YouTube video gives a dramatic presentation of the aftermath of the tornado in the Moscow, OH area:

The following video shows damage near the Peach Grove, KY area:

I am not really finding any revealing photos or videos of the actual tornado from this event.  There is the following video that shows what appears to be a rain wrapped tornado in the distance behind the trees near Moscow, OH (caution:  you might want to mute the audio - I didn't completely review it for any bad language):

I will update this post as any additional photos or videos become available...

This tornado was just one of many associated with the outbreak that took place across the Midwest, Ohio and Tennessee Valley region on Friday, March 2, 2012.  Please see this post for a "Table of Contents" index listing of the other Tornado Chronicles posts associated with the outbreak. 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.