West Liberty, Kentucky Hit By Massive Long Track Tornado Spanning Two States (3/7/2012)


A massive long track tornado hit eastern Kentucky and into adjacent areas of West Virginia in the late afternoon of Friday, March 2nd. This tornado did extensive damage in the community of West Liberty, Kentucky. This is the write up done by the NWS office in Jackson, Kentucky.

EF3 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES IN KENTUCKY…

A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN JACKSON KENTUCKY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-3 TORNADO IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES ON MARCH 2 2012. TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARIBA IN MENIFEE COUNTY AT 539 PM EST. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST…AND HIT WEST LIBERTY AT ABOUT 558 PM EST…CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST ACROSS MORGAN COUNTY BEFORE EITHER LIFTING OR MOVING OUT OF MORGAN COUNTY AT ABOUT 612 PM EST. THE EXACT END POINT FOR THIS TORNADO IS YET TO BE DETERMINED.

EVENT DATE: MARCH 2 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS: 140 MPH INJURIES/FATALITIES: 3 FATALITIES IN MENIFEE COUNTY AND 6 FATALITIES IN MORGAN COUNTY EVENT
START TIME/LOCATION: 539 PM EST AT 37.905022N/83.614639W EVENT
END TIME/LOCATION: YET TO BE DETERMINED
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH: 34 MILES IN MENIFEE AND MORGAN COUNTIES APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES IN KENTUCKY AND 95 MILES TOTAL INCLUDING TRACK INTO WEST VIRGINIA
DAMAGE WIDTH: MAXIMUM 1 MILE WIDTH.

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