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EF1 tornado hit downtown Paoli Monday night

EF1 tornado hit downtown Paoli Monday night

by Ben Pine

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 15 at 12:24 PM

National Weather Service Storm Survey Story

From the NWS Louisville office - "A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team has determined that an EF1 tornado struck downtown Paoli on Monday evening.  The team is still evaluating the damage, but preliminary indications are that the tornado had a path length of roughly two miles, and a width of about 100 yards (with straight-line wind damage for about a mile either side of the tornado track).  Wind speeds were probably around 95 mph."


This is the 61st tornado of 2011 in the NWS Louisville County Warning Area.

Here are the specifics on the Paoli Tornado:

Path Length: 1.95 miles

Path Width: 50 yards

Peak Wind: 100 mph

EF rating: EF-1

Begin Point: 38.553927 N, -86.479927 W

End Point:  38.562644° N, -86.446328° W

Begin Time:

End Time:

The tornado spun up west of Star Field on the north side of Paoli school

complex, destroying a 100 year old barn and heavily damaging the roofs

of two other outbuildings. It then took a large section of roofing off

the Paoli Police Department building on West Main Street before snapping

several trees along Lick Creek as it moved east-northeast toward the

city square. On the square, the tornado ripped the metal roofs off of

Reflections Flower Shop and Liberty Furniture.  Three chimneys of the

Orange County Courthouse collapsed, most likely when hit by roofing

debris.  After crossing the square, the tornado continued moving

east-northeast another one and a quarter miles, snapping and uprooting

trees and causing minor roof damage to several homes. Near the end of

its path, the tornado spread debris from a metal outbuilding ,

extensively damaging a metal outbuilding one tenth of a mile onto North

Marshall Rd.