Click on the links below for more photos and the reports. The Paducah site has the animation of the radar loop.
What you see above is the radar from the Paducah NWS between 7pm EDT and 745 pm EDT. It was part of a large outbreak of tornadoes the stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast with a bunch of wind and hail reports as well. There were a number of tornadoes in our area. The Louisville NWS put the total at eight in the area. There were significant tornadoes in Owensboro (EF2) and in Clark County, IN (EF3). The one in Clark County had the distinct misfortune of tying the record for the strongest tornado recorded in October. There were F3’s in the area on October 16 1925 and October 24, 1967.
Here is a look at the path of the tornadoes in the area as drawn by the Louisville National Weather Service. If you notice, there is a little line in Jefferson County. That one was rather small but it was significant to me because it was right by the
station and about a quarter mile from my house! Customers and employees at “dirty Kroger” on lower Brownsboro got quite a scare. The poor folks on Hillcrest Avenue who go to all the effort to put up the elaborate Halloween decorations really had a mess to clean up. Many were able to get their ghoulish displays back in order but others were not as fortunate. The trees down and damage to their homes were of more immediate concern. What I could never figure out was how they determined that the damage at the Shell station and the damage on Hillcrest was the result of straight line winds not associated with the tornado and the damage at the Kroger was far less significant, though rather frightening. Joe Sullivan at the NWS would be able to answer the question.
More significant was the storm near Owensboro, in Clark County and Breckenridge County
and others. I do not believe that anyone was killed but it was a big event and quite traumatic and life altering for many. Just a reminder, tornadoes can and do happen any time of year and the second most prolific time for tornadic activity is the fall, during the change of seasons. For more details and specific reports on the tornadoes in the immediate area, CLICK HERE for the Louisville NWS office reports. For more details regarding the storms out of the Paducah office, including the Owensboro storm, CLICK HERE. For a more national overview and specifics about what went on in Michigan, CLICK HERE. if you scroll to the bottom of this one(page 9), you will find a map that has the strongest tornadoes ever recorded in the US with location and date.