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November 15th – 11 Year Anniversary of Tornado Outbreak Across Our Region

November 15th – 11 Year Anniversary of Tornado Outbreak Across Our Region

Bill Stephens

November 15th, 2016

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Today’s date, November 15th, marks the 11 year anniversary of a tornado outbreak across the area.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, three lines of strong to severe thunderstorms moved from west to east during the morning and afternoon hours of November 15, 2005. All three lines of storms contained numerous rotating thunderstorms, known as supercells. A couple of strong to violent tornadoes were spawned by these supercells, along with numerous funnel clouds and several other weaker tornadoes.

On November 15, 2005, the National Weather Service reports a total of 13 tornadoes touched down during the afternoon, two of which were strong to violent and long tracked. In addition, numerous tornado warnings were issued.

An EF-4 tornado touched down in Hopkins County about mid-afternoon on November 15, 2005. It was on the ground about 23 minutes for approximately 15 miles with a maximum width of 800 yards. It touched down just southwest of Earlington and was on the ground to about 7 miles east of Hanson. The National Weather Service reports 40 people were injured, and there were no fatalities. The EF-4 tornado caused an estimated 31-million dollars in damages.

An EF-3 tornado traveled through Graves, Calloway, Marshall and Lyon counties and left a path of 44 miles, maximum width of 500 yards and destroyed several structures. The tornado claimed the life of a 63 year old man in a mobile home near Kentucky Lake. This tornado caused an estimated 8.5 million dollars in damages.

In addition, the National Weather Service reports three weak EF-0 tornadoes briefly touched down in southern Illinois in the counties of White, Massac and Saline, but there were no damages reported.

Tornadoes also touched down in McCracken, Caldwell, McLean and Daviess counties, but no damages were reported other than downed trees.

In addition to the multitude of tornadoes on November 15, 2005, meteorologists report flash flooding was a problem for some areas across the Quad-State region.

(Featured Graphic: NWS)

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