Meteorologist Jonathan Garner said that the 95-105 mile-per-hour Lake Barkley Tornado measured an F-1 on a scale from zero to five, and had a width of 75 yards on its 2.5-mile track. The second, and more powerful storm touched down in southeastern Trigg County measured an F-2 with a mine mile path spanning a 200-yard path width. The 120 mile-per-hour width imbedded metal debris in the ground surrounding the storm. Storm investigators attributed the destruction of a garage, damage to roofs and moving of large round hay bales to this tornado.
According to Garner, the Cadiz area saw 1.08 inches in rain during the spring-like storm. “It is not unusual to experience spring-like weather in the fall,” he said. “The very strong storms came from an abundance of moisture and excessive wind shear. That contributed to the formation of super-cell storms in the area. It was similar to the storms in Evansville in 2005.”
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