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The chance of earthquake damage in Gibson County is about the same as Indiana average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Gibson County is lower than Indiana average and is much higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #10

Gibson County
0.23
Indiana
0.12
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Gibson County
0.0000
Indiana
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #50

Gibson County
240.35
Indiana
265.56
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 12,658 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gibson County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:6Cold:48Dense Fog:37Drought:29
Dust Storm:0Flood:2,340Hail:3,082Heat:77Heavy Snow:107
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:42Landslide:1Strong Wind:87
Thunderstorm Winds:6,001Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:3Winter Storm:130Winter Weather:67
Other:601 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gibson County.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 3 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Gibson County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
33.41974-04-034.71138.59-88.09
47.01978-12-053.52538.62-88.36
48.11978-06-023.52038.42-88.46

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 105 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gibson County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.81989-04-03338°15'N / 87°38'W38°15'N / 87°34'W3.10 Miles100 Yards0825.0M0Gibson
9.41990-06-02438°26'N / 87°43'W38°27'N / 87°35'W8.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
9.72009-05-14238°12'N / 87°34'W38°13'N / 87°22'W10.00 Miles125 Yards00300K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Maximum winds were estimated near 120 mph at the beginning of the damage path. The most significant damage occurred on a farm on the north side of the Haubstadt Raceway. A 50-foot grain bin was moved off its foundation and destroyed, several large machinery buildings sustained partial losses of roofs and walls, and a race car frame on blocks was moved about 100 feet. Damage intensity decreased eastward along the path. Elsewhere along the path, a barn lost its roof, and several homes received roof damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A line of severe thunderstorms moved slowly southeast through the early morning hours. These storms moved through a very moist and unstable atmosphere. A small-scale bow echo produced a significant tornado.
11.01990-06-02438°27'N / 87°35'W38°29'N / 87°26'W7.50 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Gibson
12.21990-06-02438°28'N / 87°29'W38°28'N / 87°26'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Gibson
13.02008-01-29238°12'N / 87°48'W38°13'N / 87°45'W3.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado entered southern Gibson County from northern Posey County. Damage consisted mostly of downed trees and a few damaged barns and sheds. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was about 80 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
14.21967-12-11238°31'N / 87°31'W0025K0Knox
15.91990-06-02438°23'N / 87°59'W38°26'N / 87°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Wabash
16.22008-01-29238°11'N / 87°52'W38°12'N / 87°48'W4.00 Miles100 Yards20200K0KPosey
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A mobile home was destroyed. Two occupants of the mobile home were killed. Numerous trees were uprooted. One barn was destroyed, along with some small sheds. Four barns, three houses, and one church were damaged. The damage was mostly to roofs. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was estimated to be 80 yards. The tornado continued into extreme southern Gibson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
16.91990-06-02438°28'N / 87°26'W38°29'N / 87°15'W11.00 Miles200 Yards66025.0M0Pike
17.21999-05-05238°21'N / 87°16'W38°22'N / 87°16'W1.30 Miles150 Yards0015K0Pike
 Brief Description: A tornado with estimated top winds of 130 MPH produced a damage path about a mile long. Since the track was through rural areas, the only structural damage was to a garage. Many trees were down.
17.31989-01-07438°29'N / 87°47'W38°35'N / 87°42'W7.00 Miles200 Yards05025.0M0Wabash
17.41990-06-02438°29'N / 87°26'W38°31'N / 87°17'W9.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Pike
17.81963-04-19238°33'N / 87°44'W38°34'N / 87°40'W3.60 Miles250 Yards00250K0Wabash
18.01996-04-19238°20'N / 87°15'W38°21'N / 87°15'W0.80 Mile100 Yards00200K0Pike
 Brief Description: Numerous trees were uprooted or snapped off. The roof was lifted off one house, which was destroyed. Ten other houses received minor to moderate wind damage. Between 10 and 15 barns and small sheds were demolished.
18.12002-09-20238°06'N / 87°50'W38°09'N / 87°47'W4.70 Miles150 Yards01500K0Posey
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed 10 mobile homes and four buildings. The greatest concentration of damage was on Highway 165 about 2 miles south of Poseyville. Peak winds were estimated around 130 MPH. Among the destroyed structures was a county highway garage. Eight vehicles were tossed, including a small van that was thrown onto a debris pile. One person was treated for a cut.
18.31999-05-05238°24'N / 87°17'W38°26'N / 87°15'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00100K0Pike
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed a mobile home and damaged about a dozen houses. Top winds were estimated near 130 MPH. There was extensive tree damage.
19.31963-04-19238°34'N / 87°40'W38°37'N / 87°38'W3.30 Miles250 Yards010250K0Lawrence
19.51989-01-07438°35'N / 87°42'W38°37'N / 87°26'W12.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Knox
20.21989-01-07238°23'N / 87°56'W38°24'N / 87°57'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wabash
20.71963-04-19238°37'N / 87°38'W38°37'N / 87°29'W7.90 Miles250 Yards0122.5M0Knox
21.91990-06-02438°31'N / 87°17'W38°31'N / 87°15'W3.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
22.81958-07-11238°31'N / 87°57'W38°30'N / 87°54'W2.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wabash
23.11986-05-15237°59'N / 87°33'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Vanderburgh
23.41979-04-11238°00'N / 87°26'W38°02'N / 87°20'W5.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Vanderburgh
23.51976-05-30238°14'N / 88°00'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0White
23.92002-09-20238°33'N / 87°26'W38°40'N / 87°15'W11.50 Miles150 Yards021.0M20KKnox
 Brief Description: A tornado formed along a squall line in Pike county then moved across Knox and into Daviess counties. A few homes were destroyed in Knox county and several were damaged. A conservation officer in his vehicle was thrown an eighth of a mile by the tornado.
23.91979-04-11238°02'N / 87°20'W38°04'N / 87°16'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1225K0Warrick
24.11971-05-06238°38'N / 87°42'W38°42'N / 87°30'W11.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lawrence
24.41990-06-02438°31'N / 87°15'W38°32'N / 87°11'W4.40 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Pike
24.41955-11-15337°58'N / 87°32'W2.00 Miles50 Yards09250K0Vanderburgh
24.61989-01-07238°19'N / 88°08'W38°23'N / 87°56'W9.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Edwards
25.72005-11-06337°57'N / 87°33'W37°57'N / 87°28'W5.00 Miles400 Yards2020015.0M0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Vanderburgh County from Henderson County, KY a second time near Ellis Park, a horse-racing facility off U.S. Highway 41. The tornado moved rapidly east-northeast at close to 60 MPH, staying a mile or less south of Interstate 164 and the southern city limit of Evansville. Twenty people perished at a large mobile home park on the south side of the interstate. Of about 350 mobile homes in the park, 100 were destroyed and another 125 were damaged. Many of the destroyed homes were obliterated. The coroner reported that most of the victims were probably killed instantly, many by spine and skull fractures. Several bodies were carried almost two hundred yards. Several of the fatally injured persons were found in a nearby retention pond that was drained to find victims. An 8-year-old child was found alive in a ditch after being trapped under debris for about 12 hours. One person, who was thrown 150 feet, died of complications from tornado injuries on December 17. The tornado exited into Warrick County at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, just south of Interstate 164. M5MH, M25MH, F56MH, M59MH, F6MH, M26MH, F46MH, F31MH, M28MH, F60MH, M2MH, F61MH, F46MH, M38MH, M54MH, F78MH, M64MH, F67MH, F28MH, F45MH This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
26.12005-11-06337°57'N / 87°28'W38°06'N / 87°05'W21.00 Miles500 Yards43065.0M0Warrick
 Brief Description: This tornado, which crossed into Warrick County from Vanderburgh County just south of Interstate 164 (at Angel Mounds), crossed the entire county in less than 20 minutes. The tornado reached its peak intensity in Warrick County, where winds reached about 200 MPH. The peak winds occurred along Highway 261 and Lincoln Road, in an industrial park near Paradise, and in DeGonia Springs. As the tornado passed south of Boonville, the county seat of Warrick County, a teenage girl was killed in a vehicle. In the community of DeGonia Springs, three persons in a mobile home were killed. One of the victims was a woman who was 8-months pregnant. From the north side of Newburgh to DeGonia Springs, houses were severely damaged or destroyed, and vehicles were tossed. Some of the tornado victims were moved 40 feet or more. The tornado passed just to the south of Tennyson before exiting into Spencer County. M33MH, F28MH, M4MH, F18VE This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
26.41990-06-02438°19'N / 88°09'W38°23'N / 87°59'W11.60 Miles300 Yards102.5M0Edwards
26.61971-05-06238°42'N / 87°30'W38°38'N / 87°15'W14.10 Miles50 Yards01250K0Knox
26.81958-07-11238°22'N / 88°09'W38°31'N / 87°57'W14.90 Miles50 Yards0125K0Edwards
27.41998-04-15238°29'N / 87°09'W38°30'N / 87°06'W4.00 Miles50 Yards00500K0Pike
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed two large barns and five or six smaller outbuildings. Significant damage occurred to two farm houses. Several trees and power poles were snapped off. Some two-by-fours and a large saw blade were embedded in homes.
27.82006-05-25238°28'N / 87°07'W38°27'N / 87°05'W2.20 Miles200 Yards001.0M0Pike
 Brief Description: About five homes were destroyed. Roughly 15 other homes received major damage, primarily to roofs. Some roofs were removed. Two businesses sustained major roof damage. One mobile home was overturned and blown into a neighboring mobile home, causing extensive damage to it. Individuals were trapped in one home, but no injuries were reported. One travel trailer and one tractor trailer were overturned. Numerous trees and power lines were downed, blocking roads into the community. The damage path began just west of the intersection of Highway 356 and County Road 900E. The damage path extended east-southeast, ending just northwest of County Road 250N where it intersects the Dubois County line. Peak winds were estimated near 120 MPH.
29.11963-03-16238°03'N / 87°10'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Warrick
29.11957-05-21237°58'N / 87°17'W0225K0Warrick
29.42005-11-06337°53'N / 87°35'W37°54'N / 87°33'W3.10 Miles400 Yards087.0M0Henderson
 Brief Description: The tornado that would cause mass casualties in the Evansville, Indiana area crossed the Ohio River a second time. This second crossing was from Vanderburgh County, Indiana into Henderson County. The tornado then crossed the river a third time less than a mile west of the U.S. Highway 41 twin bridges. The river does not form the state line at the third crossing. From the bridges, extensive tree damage was visible along both sides of the Ohio River. Almost immediately after crossing the river, the tornado slammed into a horse racing facility named Ellis Park. There was extensive damage to grandstands and housing facilities for jockeys. A few race horses were killed. This facility was the first major facility to be impacted by the tornado. All of the Henderson County tornado injuries were at Ellis Park. The tornado then crossed back into Vanderburgh County, Indiana after striking Ellis Park.
29.51974-04-01338°43'N / 87°44'W38°45'N / 87°41'W3.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Lawrence
30.21956-04-03238°44'N / 87°41'W38°46'N / 87°38'W3.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lawrence
30.22005-11-06337°52'N / 87°42'W37°54'N / 87°36'W4.20 Miles400 Yards00150K0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: This tornado first crossed into Vanderburgh County, Indiana from Henderson County, KY at a peninsula formed by the Ohio River just west of Henderson. This peninsula is Ohio River bottomland primarily used for farming. From the air, scour marks were clearly visible on farmland. There were very few structures impacted in this small part of the county. A two-story house built in 1875 sustained major roof damage. Tree branches were embedded into the house. One farm equipment shed was demolished, and another sustained major damage. A 10,000-pound truck was flipped over. Heavy farm equipment was moved several feet. The tornado crossed the Ohio River back into Henderson County in a sparsely populated flood plain, used mostly for farming. This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
31.21996-04-19237°55'N / 87°20'W37°55'N / 87°18'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00500K0Warrick
 Brief Description: The damage path was from the Ohio River east across a major manufacturing plant. The tornado tracked just south of State Route 66 and immediately north of the Ohio River. About $250,000 damage occurred to one building at the plant. Five railroad box cars were overturned, 2 metal culverts were lifted and moved 25 feet, and several other buildings at the plant were damaged. Two mobile homes were destroyed.
31.92002-09-20238°40'N / 87°14'W38°43'N / 87°14'W1.10 Miles150 Yards0025K10KDaviess
 Brief Description: A tornado formed along a squall line in Pike county then moved across Knox and into Daviess counties. A few homes were destroyed in Knox county and several were damaged. A conservation officer in his vehicle was thrown an eighth of a mile by the tornado.
32.91990-06-02438°32'N / 87°11'W38°34'N / 86°55'W13.50 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Daviess
32.91986-05-15238°40'N / 87°10'W0.20 Mile10 Yards0025K0Daviess
33.31990-06-02238°46'N / 87°40'W38°50'N / 87°31'W1.00 Mile50 Yards01250K0Lawrence
33.31959-02-10338°45'N / 87°24'W38°48'N / 87°22'W3.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Knox
33.41956-02-25238°45'N / 87°55'W38°48'N / 87°39'W14.60 Miles450 Yards022.5M0Lawrence
33.61957-05-21238°42'N / 87°59'W38°43'N / 87°55'W3.60 Miles150 Yards0025K0Richland
34.02005-11-06337°50'N / 87°47'W37°51'N / 87°42'W5.50 Miles400 Yards00100K0Henderson
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down in northwest Henderson County and moved rapidly east-northeast across Ohio River bottomland. This fertile bottomland, used primarily for farming, was sparsely populated. A well-defined swath of snapped and uprooted trees was visible by air. An isolated farm house a few miles northeast of Smith Mills was destroyed. A pickup truck at the house was thrown into a field and destroyed. Due to the winding course of the Ohio River, which forms much of the Kentucky/Indiana border, the tornado crossed the river three times. The first crossing was into a peninsular section of Vanderburgh County, Indiana.
34.71956-02-25238°46'N / 87°23'W38°47'N / 87°15'W7.20 Miles900 Yards0125K0Knox
35.41989-01-07238°17'N / 88°20'W38°19'N / 88°08'W10.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wayne
35.91971-05-06238°38'N / 87°15'W38°29'N / 86°44'W29.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Daviess
36.01962-04-30238°52'N / 87°27'W38°40'N / 87°02'W26.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Knox
36.81965-02-09238°06'N / 88°14'W38°08'N / 88°11'W3.30 Miles10 Yards00250K0White
36.81957-12-18338°10'N / 88°25'W38°17'N / 88°05'W19.80 Miles33 Yards04250K0Hamilton
37.01956-02-25238°44'N / 88°05'W38°45'N / 87°55'W8.80 Miles450 Yards002.5M0Richland
37.21990-06-02238°50'N / 87°31'W38°52'N / 87°26'W4.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Knox
37.31982-05-31237°48'N / 87°19'W37°52'N / 87°14'W4.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Daviess
38.21990-06-02438°15'N / 88°25'W38°19'N / 88°09'W15.50 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Wayne
38.21969-08-09238°40'N / 87°02'W0025K0Daviess
38.71965-11-26238°43'N / 88°05'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0525K0Richland
38.81971-12-15237°47'N / 87°48'W0025K0Henderson
39.51982-05-31237°43'N / 87°32'W37°48'N / 87°19'W12.00 Miles33 Yards042.5M0Henderson
39.81956-04-03337°40'N / 87°35'W37°49'N / 87°29'W11.70 Miles223 Yards0025K0Henderson
39.91967-12-11237°45'N / 87°43'W000K0Henderson
40.71990-06-02338°39'N / 87°03'W38°41'N / 86°54'W6.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Daviess
40.91963-03-19238°24'N / 86°50'W00250K0Dubois
41.21954-04-06238°14'N / 86°51'W38°16'N / 86°48'W3.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Dubois
41.41989-01-07238°14'N / 88°21'W38°17'N / 88°20'W3.00 Miles100 Yards062.5M0White
41.51958-07-11238°33'N / 88°26'W38°32'N / 88°09'W15.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wayne
41.52005-11-15338°41'N / 87°08'W38°47'N / 86°55'W10.00 Miles440 Yards03111.6M0Daviess
 Brief Description: An F3 tornado touched down near Washington, Indiana on the afternoon of 15 November 2005, and proceeded northeast for 12 miles, lifting at Crane Naval Base in Martin County. The tornado was up to 1/4 mile wide at times. The worst damage occurred 4 miles northeast of Montgomery. K&K Industries sits at that site. Abe Knepp, the owner, is also a chaplain for Daviess County Emergency Management, and was monitoring law enforcement radio traffic while at work. His decision to send his 120 employees home early likely saved several lives, as the plant was destroyed by the tornado 30 minutes after it was cleared. 123 homes and 20 businesses sustained damage in Daviess County. Despite the amount of damage, only one of the 31 reported injuries was considered serious. An area of severe thunderstorms moved through central Indiana on the afternoon and evening of 15 November 2005, fueled by abnormally warm conditions which had been the rule across the region for the first half of the month. One strongly rotating supercell produced three tornadoes, two of them rated strong F3, over southern portions of central Indiana. Additional severe weather occurred with other supercells and squall line storms across central Indiana. Thanks to early warnings and heightened awareness of the severe weather threat, no one was killed by the tornadoes, and only one serious injury was reported.
41.62009-03-28337°40'N / 87°46'W37°47'N / 87°40'W9.00 Miles400 Yards02500K0KHenderson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado crossed into Henderson County from Union County. The tornado was near its maximum intensity of 140 mph near the county line. A Ford Ranger pickup truck was hurled about one quarter mile. Several other vehicles were overturned. Six homes were destroyed, ten received major damage, and sixty homes and buildings received minor damage. Much of the damage occurred in and near Corydon, especially along U.S. Highway 60. The hardest-hit buildings lost most walls and the roof. At least one grain bin was flattened. Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted. The average path width was about 300 yards. The tornado was photographed by an emergency management official. Due to the rain-wrapped nature of the tornado and the distance the photo was taken from, the tornado was not easily identifiable in the photo. The photographer was near where the tornado lifted or dissipated, less than a mile from the Henderson County airport. However, the tornado was still some distance away at the time of the photo. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure center moved northeast from Oklahoma into south central Missouri by late afternoon, with a warm front extending east from the low across western Kentucky. The warm front served as a focusing mechanism for some of the ingredients needed for tornadogenesis.
41.61990-06-02438°39'N / 88°18'W38°43'N / 88°05'W12.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Richland
41.91956-02-25238°47'N / 87°15'W38°50'N / 87°00'W13.80 Miles900 Yards0025K0Daviess
42.71979-04-11237°39'N / 87°35'W37°45'N / 87°30'W8.20 Miles200 Yards050K0Henderson
42.81989-10-16238°23'N / 88°22'W2.00 Miles800 Yards0025K0Wayne
43.22009-03-08238°33'N / 88°21'W38°36'N / 88°16'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0090K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Several structures were damaged. Half of the roof was blown off one house. A well-built storage barn was blown into another house. Debris was blown several hundred yards. Debris from a house impacted a second house 250 yards away. The second house had only minor structural damage. A large metal barn partially caved in when a small grain elevator blew onto it. Peak winds were estimated near 122 mph. The tornado crossed into Clay County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong 500 mb shortwave moved rapidly northeast from the Plains during the day. The shortwave became a closed low over the Great Lakes region by the evening hours. In the lower levels, a strong southwest 850 mb jet from 60 to 65 knots shifted east from the Ozarks across southern Illinois. These features provided sufficient shear and instability for a significant tornado.
43.31960-06-28337°42'N / 87°47'W37°42'N / 87°39'W7.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Henderson
43.51989-01-07238°13'N / 88°24'W38°14'N / 88°21'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Hamilton
43.81967-10-24338°29'N / 86°48'W0125K0Dubois
44.52007-10-18337°46'N / 87°10'W37°49'N / 87°03'W7.00 Miles360 Yards0811.5M0KDaviess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: About a dozen homes were destroyed, and close to 150 others were damaged. An additional 20 public or commercial buildings were destroyed or condemned. Damage to commercial and public buildings, including churches and schools, was estimated near 10.5 million dollars. Residential structures sustained about 1 million dollars in damage. Two historic churches suffered severe damage. The steeple of one church collapsed into the sanctuary. About 125 people were in the church at the time of the collapse, including 25 where the steeple fell into the sanctuary. They all moved to the basement 5 or 10 minutes before the storm hit, sparing anyone from death or serious injury. On the west side of Owensboro, a man was trapped in his overturned mobile home. He received only minor injuries. A motel was heavily damaged, with nearly the entire roof blown off. Several guests at the motel were treated for injuries, mostly abrasions from falling debris. Almost every building at Brescia University was damaged, mostly to the roofs. Windows were blown out of the science building. Elsewhere, a delivery truck was overturned. Piles of debris from collapsed garages, warehouses, and roofs lined downtown streets during the cleanup. Tobacco warehouses downtown were destroyed or heavily damaged. The most serious damage was in a 12 to 15 square block area in and near downtown. Nearly all city streets were reopened and nearly all power was restored within a few days after the tornado. Peak winds were estimated at 155 mph where the EF-3 damage occurred in downtown Owensboro. The damage path began just northeast of the Owensboro-Daviess County Airport, then curved northeast through the riverfront area of downtown Owensboro. The average path width was 300 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
44.61990-06-02338°41'N / 86°54'W38°41'N / 86°54'W0.50 Mile200 Yards00250K0Martin
45.01996-04-19338°15'N / 88°25'W38°16'N / 88°24'W2.00 Miles400 Yards00200K0Wayne
 Brief Description: Total damage was estimated around 3 million dollars. The tornado destroyed 3 homes and caused moderate to severe damage to 50 others. About 45 barns and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, along with 60 to 70 grain bins. The small community of Piopolis was nearly devastated. The intensity of the tornado was just weak (F0 or F1) during most of its life, but it briefly reached F3 intensity.
45.11960-06-28337°42'N / 87°55'W37°42'N / 87°47'W7.10 Miles33 Yards0122.5M0Union
45.61989-05-05237°42'N / 87°17'W1.00 Mile40 Yards01250K0Daviess
45.71952-12-09337°41'N / 87°18'W37°52'N / 86°54'W25.20 Miles880 Yards030K0Daviess
45.82002-04-21338°21'N / 88°42'W38°21'N / 88°09'W30.00 Miles500 Yards1424.0M0Wayne
 Brief Description: The tornado entered Wayne County about a half mile north of Illinois Route 15, then proceeded to move northeast to a point about 1.5 miles north of Wayne City. The tornado then paralleled Route 15 just north of Sims. The tornado continued moving east toward Fairfield, and passed through the southern part of Fairfield with F-3 intensity winds. The tornado then travelled slightly south of east toward Golden Gate. The tornado weakened east of Golden Gate and finally dissipated in extreme eastern Wayne County near Ellery. The sole fatality occurred 4 miles west of Wayne City, when a 47-year-old man was killed inside his mobile home. Of the 42 hospital-treated injuries, 13 were critical. A total of 35 homes were destroyed, and 16 received major damage. The average wind speed in the tornado was 130 to 170 MPH, with peak winds at or approaching 200 MPH. The F-3 damage was located near Sims, southern sections of Fairfield, near Merriam, and areas west and north of Wayne City. Vehicles were picked up and deposited in houses. Well-constructed houses lost roofs and some walls. Weaker structures, including a tavern near Sims, were demolished. M47MH
46.12000-01-03337°43'N / 87°11'W37°46'N / 87°07'W7.00 Miles880 Yards01864.0M0Daviess
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down near the community of Rome, just southwest of Owensboro, and entered the city near the southern boundary of Owensboro Airport. The tornado tracked northeast through the heart of Owensboro before dissipating on the east side of town. Peak winds were estimated at 180 MPH. Since the tornado path was mostly through densely populated residential and commercial areas, damage was in the tens of millions, but injuries were surprisingly few. Of the 18 injuries, one was critical, and the rest were relatively minor. The critically injured person was in a home near the beginning of the damage path. This person sustained broken vertebrae and numerous cuts and bruises. Owensboro landmarks heavily damaged by the tornado included Apollo High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and the Winn-Dixie Store. Damage to the 12 buildings at Kentucky Wesleyan College was estimated to be near 5 million dollars. Small to mid size automobiles were tossed about by the wind. Damage to utility lines was extensive, and repairs took about 10 days to complete. Final damage tallies showed about 1200 homes and businesses sustained damage. Of those 1200 structures, 101 were totally destroyed and 573 sustained major damage. Owensboro was declared a federal disaster area. An emergency shelter accomodated roughly 150 persons, including many from local nursing homes. Owensboro schools were closed for a week.
46.52007-10-18237°40'N / 87°22'W37°43'N / 87°10'W11.00 Miles360 Yards04500K200KDaviess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado crossed into Daviess County from Mclean County. Numerous structures were damaged or destroyed, mostly barns and outbuildings. Several residences were destroyed, and about two dozen others were damaged. Four persons were injured in the West Louisville area when their mobile home was destroyed. Their injuries were mostly minor, although a 4-year-old child was hospitalized in fair condition. The peak winds were estimated at 120 mph. The average path width was 300 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
46.91990-06-02438°15'N / 88°28'W38°15'N / 88°25'W2.60 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Hamilton
46.92003-05-04237°40'N / 87°20'W37°40'N / 87°20'W0.20 Mile25 Yards0275K0Daviess
 Brief Description: A mobile home was destroyed, injuring two persons. A boy received a broken arm, and a girl suffered a broken back. Several barns and garages were blown down, and a garage was pushed off its foundation. One permanent home received minor damage.
47.01990-06-02438°37'N / 88°24'W38°39'N / 88°18'W5.50 Miles300 Yards00250K0Clay
47.21990-06-02438°34'N / 86°55'W38°41'N / 86°41'W14.30 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Martin
47.42009-03-28337°38'N / 87°48'W37°40'N / 87°46'W3.00 Miles400 Yards0040K0KUnion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The second tornado spawned by this supercell was stronger and longer lived. This second tornado formed along Highway 141 and moved northeast along the highway. Damage was spotty at the beginning of the damage path, where a small grain bin imploded. Further along the damage path, a 30-by-50 foot machinery shed was destroyed. The estimated maximum winds were near 140 mph as the tornado approached the Henderson County line. The tornado continued into Henderson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure center moved northeast from Oklahoma into south central Missouri by late afternoon, with a warm front extending east from the low across western Kentucky. The warm front served as a focusing mechanism for some of the ingredients needed for tornadogenesis.
48.12007-10-18237°37'N / 87°28'W37°39'N / 87°22'W7.00 Miles360 Yards00400K0KMclean
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Twelve to fifteen farm buildings were damaged. Six to eight barns were destroyed. One home received heavy damage. Three to four more houses received minor damage. A garage and several vehicles were destroyed. A pontoon boat loaded on a trailer was moved 15 to 20 feet. Numerous trees and power lines were down. The funnel was photographed by a resident of the Beech Grove area. Peak winds were estimated at 120 mph. The average path width was 300 yards. The tornado continued into Daviess County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
49.01998-04-15238°43'N / 88°23'W38°45'N / 88°15'W6.50 Miles150 Yards00100K0Clay
 Brief Description: A severe thunderstorm, which originated in eastern Missouri, travelled to the east across southern Illinois. It produced numerous tornadoes. When it moved into our county warning area, it produced two tornadoes over Clay County. The first tornado touched down 3 miles west southwest of Flora. As it travelled to the northeast it destroyed a set of crossing signals along a set of railroad tracks. It moved parallel to the tracks and on the west edge of Flora it blew 60 to 70 cars of a moving CSX freight train off the tracks. No injuries were reported with the train crew or anyone nearby. At this point the tornado was F2 intensity. Most of the tornado track through Flora stayed south of the railroad tracks. In this area most of the structural damage to frame houses was relatively minor with roof/siding damage the most common. A few homes totally lost roofs, garages/storage sheds were destroyed, and one unanchored mobile home was destroyed and landed about 100 feet from its foundation. Three occupants sustained minor injuries. Several vehicles in the area were damaged from falling trees and debris. The tornado briefly lifted and came down again on the east side of town. It damaged or destroyed 40 to 50 condominiums, which was due more to a result of poor construction techniques rather than wind speed. Roof structures did not survive, with the rafters only consisting of 2x4s. The tornado was rated F1 in this area. After hitting the condominium complex, the tornado caused light damage to an industrial park with power poles down and 10 businesses sustaining damage. From there the damage was light, mainly to trees. Two miles northwest of Clay City, the tornado overturned a mobile home before lifting. At about the same time, half a mile to the north of the first tornado, another tornado formed and touched down. It destroyed a mobile home (F2 intensity) and then travelled to the northeast causing spotty damage, mainly to trees. It destroyed a shed 5 miles north of Olney (Richland County) before lifting and dissipating. In total 8 people sustained minor injuries. Damage in Clay County was estimated around $2.2 million and no damage estimate was available for Richland County.
49.41974-05-30238°40'N / 86°47'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Martin
49.61957-12-18338°36'N / 88°27'W38°41'N / 88°21'W7.70 Miles200 Yards00250K0Clay
49.81952-12-09337°52'N / 86°54'W37°56'N / 86°46'W8.50 Miles880 Yards000K0Hancock
49.81990-06-02438°34'N / 88°28'W38°37'N / 88°24'W5.50 Miles300 Yards02250K0Wayne


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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