Severe Thunderstorm Causes Injuries and Extensive Damage in Stewart Count
Late afternoon, Monday, May 23, 2011
A Severe Thunderstorm, with a possible tornado, swept across parts of northern Stewart County late Monday afternoon. Below is a map of the estimated track of this storm, using Doppler Radar data from Hopkinsville, KY. This storm showed strong rotation and at one point, in extreme northeastern Stewart County, wind velocities were estimated at 106.3 mph, 1405 ft above ground level. Based on radar data, the tornado moved swiftly across the area at forward speeds as high as 48 mph.
Damage reports from the Stewart County Emergency Management indicate injuries have occurred, along with extensive structural damage to homes and businesses and tree damage in Big Rock. At least 30 homes have reportedly been destroyed.
The National Weather Serivce in Old Hickory plans to conduct a storm survey of this event on Tuesday to verify whether this was an actual tornado.