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The chance of earthquake damage in Henderson is higher than Kentucky average and is about the same as the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Henderson is much higher than Kentucky average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #24

Henderson, KY
1.71
Kentucky
0.24
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

Henderson, KY
0.0000
Kentucky
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, #71

Henderson, KY
241.40
Kentucky
136.89
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 3,680 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Henderson, KY were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:24Dense Fog:23Drought:17
Dust Storm:0Flood:802Hail:863Heat:24Heavy Snow:35
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:9Landslide:1Strong Wind:29
Thunderstorm Winds:1,537Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:21Winter Weather:27
Other:266 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Henderson, KY.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Henderson, KY.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
49.51984-06-294.1237.7-88.47

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 99 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Henderson, KY.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.62005-11-06337°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.
4.82005-11-06337°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.
7.31956-04-03337°40'N / 87°35'W37°49'N / 87°29'W11.70 Miles223 Yards0025K0Henderson
8.52005-11-06337°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.
8.82005-11-06337°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.
9.11955-11-15337°58'N / 87°32'W2.00 Miles50 Yards09250K0Vanderburgh
9.71967-12-11237°45'N / 87°43'W000K0Henderson
9.91979-04-11237°39'N / 87°35'W37°45'N / 87°30'W8.20 Miles200 Yards050K0Henderson
10.01986-05-15237°59'N / 87°33'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Vanderburgh
10.21982-05-31237°43'N / 87°32'W37°48'N / 87°19'W12.00 Miles33 Yards042.5M0Henderson
10.92009-03-28337°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.
12.21960-06-28337°42'N / 87°47'W37°42'N / 87°39'W7.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Henderson
12.61971-12-15237°47'N / 87°48'W0025K0Henderson
15.31996-04-19237°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.
16.21979-04-11238°00'N / 87°26'W38°02'N / 87°20'W5.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Vanderburgh
16.61982-05-31237°48'N / 87°19'W37°52'N / 87°14'W4.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Daviess
16.82007-10-18237°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.
17.22009-03-28337°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.
17.31956-04-03337°31'N / 87°40'W37°40'N / 87°35'W11.20 Miles223 Yards1225K0Webster
17.61960-06-28337°42'N / 87°55'W37°42'N / 87°47'W7.10 Miles33 Yards0122.5M0Union
18.02003-05-04237°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.
18.41957-05-21237°58'N / 87°17'W0225K0Warrick
18.91989-05-05237°42'N / 87°17'W1.00 Mile40 Yards01250K0Daviess
19.92007-10-18237°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.
20.12007-10-18237°31'N / 87°41'W37°35'N / 87°31'W10.00 Miles300 Yards052.5M0KWebster
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Three residences were destroyed, and ten others were damaged. Four of the damaged residences were deemed uninhabitable. Six chicken houses were destroyed. A rehabilitation center for troubled young adults received about 2 million dollars in damage. Four persons were seriously injured, and a fifth person received minor injuries. One of the injuries occurred when the tornado picked up a vehicle and tossed it. The occupant of the vehicle was ejected. The other four injuries occurred at a modular home on Kentucky 494. The modular home was nearly obliterated, with debris blown across nearby fields. The home's steel frame was thrown about 300 feet. All four occupants were seriously injured, including broken vertebrae and a punctured lung. Numerous roads were blocked by downed trees. Peak winds were estimated at 135 mph. The average path width was 250 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.
20.92005-11-06337°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.
21.01979-04-11238°02'N / 87°20'W38°04'N / 87°16'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1225K0Warrick
23.32002-09-20238°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.
23.61979-04-11237°23'N / 87°51'W37°39'N / 87°35'W23.40 Miles200 Yards000K0Webster
24.42000-01-03337°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.
24.91973-04-19237°39'N / 87°58'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Union
25.92007-10-18337°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.
26.22009-05-14238°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.
26.61952-12-09337°41'N / 87°18'W37°52'N / 86°54'W25.20 Miles880 Yards030K0Daviess
26.81963-03-16238°03'N / 87°10'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Warrick
27.22002-01-23237°32'N / 87°16'W37°32'N / 87°16'W1.80 Miles500 Yards001.0M0Mclean
 Brief Description: Top wind speeds in this F-2 tornado were estimated near 120 MPH. The damage path extended from the extreme northwest side of Calhoun to the extreme northeast side of town. A total of about 53 buildings were damaged or destroyed, of which 43 were homes and 10 were businesses. At least one home and one business was destroyed, 5 houses received major damage, and 4 businesses including a church and daycare center received major damage. The business that was destroyed was a TV antenna/satellite service on Kentucky Highway 81 at the northern city limit of Calhoun. Most of the remainder of the structures received minor damage. In addition to the damaged homes and businesses, barns, grain bins, and at least one shed were destroyed. At the city-owned cemetery, 300 to 350 tombstones were overturned, and 50 trees were uprooted.
27.52008-01-29238°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.
27.92008-01-29238°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.
28.32003-05-04237°29'N / 87°51'W37°29'N / 87°49'W1.50 Miles75 Yards011.0M0Webster
 Brief Description: In Clay, 6 homes and 2 businesses were destroyed. An additional 45 homes and 4 businesses received varying degrees of damage, ranging from minor to major. A woman was injured when a tree fell and landed on her, breaking her hip. Peak winds were estimated near 125 MPH. One of the destroyed businesses was a hardware store. The other business, on the north side of Clay, housed spring planting supplies. That business lost four metal buildings. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down. A severe thunderstorm produced a series of tornadoes across Livingston, Crittenden, and Webster Counties. Both tornadoes in Livingston County originated on the Illinois side of the Ohio River. The strongest tornadoes occurred from Mattoon to Clay, where F2 damage was observed in spots.
28.31989-04-03338°15'N / 87°38'W38°15'N / 87°34'W3.10 Miles100 Yards0825.0M0Gibson
28.51967-05-06237°26'N / 87°53'W37°32'N / 87°48'W8.20 Miles50 Yards02250K0Webster
29.22002-04-28337°25'N / 87°42'W37°25'N / 87°28'W12.00 Miles880 Yards001.8M0Hopkins
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Hopkins County just west-northwest of Nebo, and finally lifted after moving through Hanson. The tornado was rated at F-3 intensity in the Nebo area, where four chicken houses were blown off their foundations. About 45,000 chickens were left in the debris. Damage to one chicken facility was estimated between one and two million dollars. The tornado weakened as it progressed across the county. About 10 to 15 residences were significantly damaged.
30.42000-01-03337°23'N / 87°51'W37°29'N / 87°44'W9.00 Miles440 Yards002.4M0Webster
 Brief Description: The tornado caused extensive damage in the community of Diamond. Both Crittenden and Webster Counties were declared federal disaster areas.
31.02005-11-06237°28'N / 87°57'W37°29'N / 87°52'W5.00 Miles150 Yards0075K0Webster
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Webster County from Crittenden County and moved rapidly east-northeast. The track ended on the north side of the community of Wheatcroft. Most of the damage occurred along and near Highway 109 around Wheatcroft, the only community directly affected by the tornado. West of Wheatcroft, there was slight structural damage, and trees were snapped. A large shed door was blown off, and pillar columns on a house were bent. On the north side of Wheatcroft, a tool shed was destroyed and two campers were overturned. A pickup truck without an engine was rolled about 200 feet. The hood of the truck went through a window. Smaller trees and a house antenna were blown down. The Crittenden/Webster County tornado was one of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. This tornado, which was the more southern tornado, was shorter-lived and somewhat weaker than its northern counterpart. The northern tornado caused considerably more destruction and loss of life in the Henderson, KY and Evansville, IN areas.
31.51989-04-03237°24'N / 87°42'W37°23'N / 87°40'W6.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Hopkins
31.51989-04-03237°24'N / 87°46'W37°24'N / 87°42'W4.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Webster
32.22002-04-28337°24'N / 87°51'W37°24'N / 87°42'W9.00 Miles880 Yards02615.0M0Webster
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed southern Webster County, producing major damage as it paralleled Highway 120 through Providence. About two dozen persons were injured, and they were transported by ambulance to regional hospitals. One person was critically injured. The tornado produced F-3 damage in Providence, then weakened to an F-2 tornado just east of the city limits. The tornado struck a mobile home park in Providence, destroying 16 of the 20 mobile homes there. About 10 permanent homes were destroyed, and about 100 more homes were damaged.
33.31989-05-19237°40'N / 87°02'W37°43'N / 86°58'W3.30 Miles40 Yards00250K0Daviess
34.42003-05-11337°25'N / 87°16'W37°25'N / 87°14'W1.80 Miles80 Yards02400K0Mclean
 Brief Description: One home was destroyed, and one home was severely damaged. A mobile home disintegrated, with the frame found one quarter mile away. Several barns or sheds were destroyed. Two vehicles were rolled. Numerous trees were uprooted, and some were blown some distance. The damage path began about one quarter mile west of Highway 81 in the south end of Sacramento, then extended eastward. The two injuries were relatively minor. Peak winds were estimated near 170 MPH.
35.01961-05-07337°20'N / 87°31'W37°22'N / 87°19'W11.20 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Hopkins
35.22002-04-28237°23'N / 87°53'W37°23'N / 87°51'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00100K0Crittenden
 Brief Description: The tornado was spawned by a long-lived supercell that originated over southeast Missouri and tracked across southern Illinois and western Kentucky. This tornado, which was one of the strongest and longest-lived of the night, first touched down just inside Crittenden County on State Route 120. It quickly moved into Webster County. Before moving into Webster County, about a dozen homes and farm buildings were damaged in Crittenden County.
35.51976-05-30238°14'N / 88°00'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0White
35.82007-10-18237°48'N / 87°00'W37°49'N / 86°51'W8.00 Miles180 Yards0050K0KDaviess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Numerous trees and a few structures were damaged. The tornado damage path continued into Hancock County. Peak winds were estimated near 130 mph where the EF-2 damage occurred between Spice Knob and Scythia. The average path width was 150 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.
35.82005-11-15437°15'N / 87°32'W37°25'N / 87°21'W15.00 Miles800 Yards04031.0M0Hopkins
 Brief Description: This violent tornado reached its peak intensity on the north side of Earlington, near the beginning of its track. Peak winds there were estimated near 220 MPH. Several houses in this area, on either side of U.S. Highway 41, were levelled. Large oak trees were reduced to nubs, and the ground was scoured to bare dirt. A steel beam was carried some distance and became wedged against trees and other debris. 24 people were treated for injuries at a local hospital, and three of the injuries were critical. About 151 homes and buildings were destroyed, 67 suffered major damage, and 303 received minor damage. Damage indications, as well as eyewitness accounts, indicate the occurrence of multiple vortices near Earlington. The tornado continued northeast and weakened, crossing the Pennyrile Parkway at mile marker 41. The tornado lifted less than a mile from the Mclean County border. The average path width was 525 yards. The tornado was close to a half mile wide in places.
35.82005-11-06337°25'N / 88°03'W37°28'N / 87°57'W6.20 Miles150 Yards05300K0Crittenden
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down one quarter mile west of Highway 654 and moved rapidly east-northeast. A mobile home on Highway 654 was overturned and destroyed, injuring a 12-year-old boy. A house roof was blown off. Where the tornado crossed Highway 365, a two-story home was completely demolished. The home exterior was mainly vinyl with some brick. Three persons in the house were injured. Two of the injured were treated and released, but a third person was critically injured and transferred to an Evansville hospital. The tornado was estimated to be at its strongest near Highway 365, with peak winds of 160 MPH. A small boat was carried about 400 yards, and several vehicles were moved. After crossing Highway 365, the path was roughly parallel to and less than a mile north of U.S. Highway 60. The tornado crossed Highway 60 and exited into Webster County about a mile northeast of Arflack Hill. Where the tornado crossed U.S. Highway 60, a truck trailer was overturned, and a house roof was damaged. Along the entire length of the path, numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. The Crittenden/Webster County tornado was one of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. This tornado, which was the more southern tornado, was shorter-lived and somewhat weaker than its northern counterpart. The northern tornado caused considerably more destruction and loss of life in the Henderson, KY and Evansville, IN areas.
36.31989-05-19237°40'N / 86°59'W37°46'N / 86°53'W8.00 Miles90 Yards00250K0Daviess
36.91961-05-07337°22'N / 87°19'W37°22'N / 87°13'W5.40 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Muhlenberg
38.31970-11-19237°42'N / 86°54'W000K0Ohio
38.42003-05-04237°24'N / 88°01'W37°24'N / 88°00'W0.20 Mile25 Yards0100Crittenden
 Brief Description: A mobile home was destroyed, and there was significant damage to a permanent home. The occupant of the mobile home received minor injuries. A barn was destroyed, and numerous trees and power lines were down. Peak winds were estimated near 120 MPH. A severe thunderstorm produced a series of tornadoes across Livingston, Crittenden, and Webster Counties. Both tornadoes in Livingston County originated on the Illinois side of the Ohio River. The strongest tornadoes occurred from Mattoon to Clay, where F2 damage was observed in spots.
38.61967-12-11237°20'N / 88°05'W37°27'N / 87°55'W12.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Crittenden
38.71950-11-20237°22'N / 87°12'W00250K0Muhlenberg
39.01996-04-19238°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.
39.11961-05-07337°22'N / 87°13'W37°24'N / 87°06'W6.60 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Muhlenberg
39.21965-02-09238°06'N / 88°14'W38°08'N / 88°11'W3.30 Miles10 Yards00250K0White
39.51989-04-03237°22'N / 87°13'W37°22'N / 87°08'W3.50 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Muhlenberg
39.61999-05-05238°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.
40.91952-12-09337°52'N / 86°54'W37°56'N / 86°46'W8.50 Miles880 Yards000K0Hancock
40.92000-01-03337°16'N / 88°05'W37°23'N / 87°49'W15.00 Miles440 Yards035.0M0Crittenden
 Brief Description: Although the tornado tracked about 15 miles through the county with estimated top winds of 160 MPH, damage was relatively light due to the rural nature of the land. Based on aerial surveys, structures that were heavily damaged or destroyed included 85 homes, 5 to 10 businesses, and 50 to 80 barns and outbuildings. Three people in the Crayne area were transported to a hospital for non life-threatening injuries. About 35 National Guard personnel were deployed to Crittenden County, primarily for damage assessment and security operations. An emergency shelter was opened to accomodate roughly 25 homeless persons.
41.61961-05-07337°24'N / 87°06'W37°25'N / 87°00'W5.60 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Ohio
41.71990-06-02438°26'N / 87°43'W38°27'N / 87°35'W8.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
41.91990-06-02438°23'N / 87°59'W38°26'N / 87°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Wabash
42.71963-03-16337°44'N / 88°21'W0.30 Mile30 Yards0025K0Gallatin
42.81989-01-07238°23'N / 87°56'W38°24'N / 87°57'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wabash
43.01989-01-07238°19'N / 88°08'W38°23'N / 87°56'W9.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Edwards
43.31999-05-05238°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.
43.41990-06-02438°27'N / 87°35'W38°29'N / 87°26'W7.50 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Gibson
43.81990-06-02438°28'N / 87°29'W38°28'N / 87°26'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Gibson
44.01990-06-02438°19'N / 88°09'W38°23'N / 87°59'W11.60 Miles300 Yards102.5M0Edwards
44.91970-11-19337°57'N / 86°46'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0225K0Perry
45.11957-12-18338°10'N / 88°25'W38°17'N / 88°05'W19.80 Miles33 Yards04250K0Hamilton
45.71990-06-02438°28'N / 87°26'W38°29'N / 87°15'W11.00 Miles200 Yards66025.0M0Pike
45.81952-12-09337°56'N / 86°46'W37°57'N / 86°44'W1.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Perry
46.31979-04-11237°09'N / 88°11'W37°23'N / 87°51'W24.40 Miles200 Yards000K0Crittenden
46.71966-08-13237°28'N / 86°52'W1.50 Miles67 Yards0025K0Ohio
46.81967-12-11238°31'N / 87°31'W0025K0Knox
47.11990-06-02438°29'N / 87°26'W38°31'N / 87°17'W9.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Pike
47.61958-04-24237°12'N / 87°54'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Caldwell
47.61989-01-07238°17'N / 88°20'W38°19'N / 88°08'W10.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wayne
48.02008-02-05337°09'N / 87°13'W37°21'N / 87°01'W18.00 Miles375 Yards32421.3M0KMuhlenberg
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Countywide, a total of 69 homes were destroyed and 203 were damaged. Of the 203 damaged homes, 56 sustained major damage. Most of the damage occurred in the communities of Greenville and Powderly, where 48 homes were destroyed and 32 sustained major damage (35 to 40 percent were mobile homes). The primary focus of attention was where the fatalities occurred at a mobile home park on U.S. Highway 62 near the Highway 189 bypass. In the Muhlenberg Industrial Park, a spec building was flattened and another building was heavily damaged. A half dozen businesses and churches were damaged, including a hotel and a car dealership. The Western Kentucky Parkway was closed near Central City due to trees blocking the road. A utility pole fell on a vehicle travelling on Kentucky 601. The tornado passed within a short distance southwest of a high school, where a basketball game was in progress at the time of the storm. A large portion of the gym roof was damaged, causing heavy water damage due to rainfall entering the building. The National Guard was activated to provide security for the area. The county was declared a federal major disaster area. The average path width was 325 yards. Peak winds were estimated near 160 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A deepening low pressure system moved northeast from Arkansas along a warm front that extended across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Surface dew points were in the upper 50's to lower 60's along and southeast of the warm front. A strong upper level trough over the western Plains produced a strong southwest flow of 60 to 80 knots at 500 mb. Winds at 850 mb were south to southwest around 40 knots.
48.71989-01-07438°29'N / 87°47'W38°35'N / 87°42'W7.00 Miles200 Yards05025.0M0Wabash
48.71958-07-11238°22'N / 88°09'W38°31'N / 87°57'W14.90 Miles50 Yards0125K0Edwards
48.82007-10-18237°08'N / 87°37'W37°08'N / 87°35'W2.00 Miles300 Yards01150K0KHopkins
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted as the tornado touched down. Three mobile homes were destroyed, including one with a bent frame. Debris from mobile homes was thrown several hundred yards. A resident of one of the mobile homes received a minor head injury when a tree fell into his residence. Another resident was briefly pinned under debris but was not injured. Rescue crews had difficulty reaching the scene due to trees across roads. Barns and one house were damaged. The damaged house suffered major roof damage, a destroyed porch, and siding damage. Numerous trees fell across roads and power lines. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. 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.
49.01990-06-02438°15'N / 88°25'W38°19'N / 88°09'W15.50 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Wayne
49.01955-03-15237°15'N / 87°05'W09250K0Muhlenberg
49.71990-06-02438°31'N / 87°17'W38°31'N / 87°15'W3.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
49.81961-03-06237°48'N / 88°32'W37°49'N / 88°27'W4.70 Miles100 Yards02250K0Saline
49.81958-07-11238°31'N / 87°57'W38°30'N / 87°54'W2.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wabash
49.81954-04-06238°14'N / 86°51'W38°16'N / 86°48'W3.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Dubois
49.91990-10-03237°35'N / 88°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Pope


* 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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