While there were numerous reports of funnel clouds and reports of a tornado on the ground in Webster County and Hopkins County during Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorms that rumbled across the region, the National Weather Service is saying damage in the area was caused by straight line winds. According to information from the Storm Assessment Team with the National Weather Service Office in Paducah, the damage surveyed in southern Webster County, Hopkins County, and Christian County was caused by straight line winds, with a peak speed of 85 miles per hour.
The Assessment team began their survey in the area near Earlington and Nebo, and surveyed south to Pilot Rock Road in Christian County. The report notes that the maximum width of the storm path was 10 miles, with a length of more than 50-miles. The Storm Assessment Team adds that most of the damage consisted of downed tree limbs, averaging from 3 to 6 inches in diameter, with occasional uprooted small trees.
There was also tin roofing peeled partially off a few outbuildings or barns, and one small garage had its roof blown completely off on Isom Road in Christian County.