May 23, 2011 Big Rock Tornado

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Tornado Statistics
# Counties Rating Time (CDT)
Length (miles) Width (yards) Fatalities Injuries
1 Stewart TN/Montgomery TN/Christian KY
EF2 1852 32.6 500 0 3

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EF2 Big Rock Tornado
Counties: Stewart/Montgomery/Christian
Time: 6:52 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF2
Wind Speed Estimate: 120 MPH
Damage Path Length: 32.6 Miles
Damage Path Width: 500 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 3


Damage began near the intersection of Lewis Circle and Pleasant Hill Road about 3 miles north-northwest of Dover. The tornado moved northeast across rural northeast Stewart County, blowing down hundreds of trees and damaging some homes and outbuildings. The most significant damage, as the result of an EF-2 tornado with winds near 120 mph, was along Cherry Hollow Rd. just northeast of the Big Rock community. Several homes here suffered significant roof damage including one with a complete roof loss. An occupied mobile home was totally destroyed with debris scattered at least 100 yards into a field. Two people were injured in Big Rock. The tornado continued across the Fort Campbell army base, blowing down dozens of trees, and clipping the northwest corner of Montgomery County.

This tornado then crossed into Christian County, Kentucky and the NWS Paducah area of responsibility. Several barns and grain bins were damaged or destroyed. A dairy barn with 45 cows inside was destroyed. Although all the cows were trapped under the collapsed barn, only two of the cows were injured. One of the cows was thrown 500 feet from its stall. Numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. A tractor-trailer rig hauling freight was overturned at mile-marker 85 on Interstate 24. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a regional hospital. The roof was torn from an agricultural chemical storage building. A tool barn was destroyed. At a farm near Pembroke, a large tree fell on a house, a large barn was flattened, and two large grain bins were destroyed. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph, but the majority of the damage path was EF-1. The average path width was 150 yards

Special thanks goes to the Stewart County Emergency Management Agency who assisted with this storm survey.


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