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June 3-4, 2008
Five Rounds of Severe Weather

A nearly stationary frontal boundary stretched across the ILN forecast area during the first week of June, 2008. With plenty of heat and humidity, there was abundant instability for thunderstorms to repeatedly develop across the region. Roughly speaking, five separate rounds of severe weather affected the area between the afternoon of Tuesday, June 3, and the evening of Wednesday, June 4.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, conducted a number of storm damage surveys on June 5 and June 6. All survey determinations have been finalized, and the survey results (as issued originally in Public Information Statements) have been copied below. The reports are ordered chronologically.

For a summary of each severe event, see the links below: Photos of the storms and damage.


Warnings Issued: Tornado: 22 Severe T-Storm: 40 Flash Flood: 22


...MICROBURST CONFIRMED IN ROBERTSON COUNTY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT A MICROBURST CAUSED 
DAMAGE OVER ROBERTSON COUNTY ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON...JUNE 3 BETWEEN 
430 PM AND 435 PM. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS LOCATED TO THE 
NORTHEAST OF MOUNT OLIVET. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AND 
THE LOSS OF VINYL SIDING. ONE HOME HAD A SECOND STORY WINDOW WITH 
BROKEN GLASS WITH THE WINDOW FRAME BLOWN INWARDS. SEVERAL BARNS HAD 
OUTER WALLS COLLAPSED WITH THE LOSS OF METAL ROOF PANELS. THESE 
BARNS APPEARED TO BE OLDER AND POORLY CONSTRUCTED. NUMEROUS TREES 
SNAPPED NEAR THE TRUNK OR COMPLETELY UPROOTED. WIND GUSTS WERE 
ESTIMATED BETWEEN 80 AND 85 MPH.


...EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NORTHWEST BUTLER COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE SOUTHWEST OF OXFORD IN NORTHWEST BUTLER COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A WEAK TORNADO TUESDAY EVENING...JUNE 3 BETWEEN 9 PM AND 910 PM. THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO A FARM ON THE NORTH SIDE OF KING ROAD ABOUT THREE MILES SOUTHWEST OF OXFORD. THE HOMEOWNER WITNESSED THE TORNADO APPROACHING AS IT CAUSED TREE DAMAGE ALONG THE TREE LINE TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE PROPERTY. A FEW TREES AND LARGE LIMBS WERE ALSO KNOCKED DOWN ACROSS THE PROPERTY. AN ADJACENT OLDER HOUSE HAD ITS ROOF REMOVED. A WELL BUILT AND FAIRLY NEW BARN HAD HALF OF ITS ROOF PEELED OFF IN A NORTH-SOUTH DIRECTION. A LARGE METAL DOOR ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BARN WAS RIPPED OFF AND BLOWN 25 YARDS TO THE NORTH BEFORE WRAPPING AROUND THE NORTH SIDE OF AN ADJACENT SILO. METAL SIDING FROM THE BARN WAS ALSO REMOVED AND FOUND SEVERAL YARDS TO THE EAST OF THE BARN NEAR THE EDGE OF THE PROPERTY. THE HOMEOWNER...WHO TOOK SHELTER AFTER WITNESSING THE INITIAL DAMAGE IN THE TREE LINE...INDICATED THAT THE TORNADO CAME THROUGH IN ABOUT 15 SECONDS. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED AROUND 75 MPH.
...EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SOUTHERN CLINTON COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE NEAR MARTINSVILLE IN SOUTHERN CLINTON COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A WEAK BRIEF TORNADO ON EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING...JUNE 4 BETWEEN 1225 AM AND 1230 AM. A BARN AND A SHED SUSTAINED DAMAGE AT A RESIDENCE ALONG JONESBORO ROAD JUST SOUTHWEST OF MARTINSVILLE. TWO TREES AND NUMEROUS LARGE LIMBS AND BRANCHES WERE DOWNED IN THE AREA. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT 65 MPH.
...WEAK TORNADO AND STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN EASTERN HAMILTON COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE IN NEWTOWN IN EASTERN HAMILTON COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A WEAK TORNADO ON WEDNESDAY MORNING...JUNE 4 BETWEEN 745 AND 750 AM. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS BROKEN ACROSS THE WEST SIDE OF NEWTOWN...SUGGESTING THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BRIEFLY A FEW TIMES. NUMEROUS TREES WERE EITHER BROKEN OFF OR UPROOTED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LITTLE MIAMI RIVER TO THE NORTHWEST OF CLEAR CREEK PARK. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS CENTERED ALONG BOTH SIDES OF STATE ROUTE 32 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF TURPIN LANE. SEVERAL METAL AWNINGS AT A BUSINESS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ROUTE 32 WERE THROWN ACROSS THE ROAD AND LANDED IN THE PARKING LOT OF A NURSERY ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ROUTE 32. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AT THE NURSERY INCLUDED A PORTABLE TOILET BEING THROWN OVER A CEMENT SOIL BIN AND LANDING IN THE PARKING LOT AT A RIGHT ANGLE TO ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. THE OWNER OF THE NURSERY WAS LOCATED IN A TRUCK IN AN ADJACENT FIELD AND WITNESSED ROTATION IN THE CLOUDS AND THE TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHING DOWN. HE ALSO INDICATED THAT HIS TRUCK WAS SHIFTED SIDEWAYS SLIGHTLY BY THE WINDS. ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN MOUND VIEW PARK TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE NURSERY. A BROKEN DAMAGE PATH EXTENDED ABOUT 1.5 MILES THROUGH THIS AREA. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 70 AND 75 MPH. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE IN HYDE PARK FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING...JUNE 4 WAS FOUND TO BE CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. A FEW LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED WITH BRANCHES BROKEN OFF ALONG ERIE AVENUE JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION WITH DELTA AVENUE. JUST EAST OF THIS AREA...NUMEROUS TREES WERE UPROOTED IN AULT PARK. THE WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 65 MPH.
...EF0 TORNADO AND STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN FAR SOUTHERN DEARBORN COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE ABOUT FOUR MILES SOUTHWEST OF AURORA INDIANA IN FAR SOUTHERN DEARBORN COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN. THE TORNADO DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG COLE ROAD ABOUT HALF A MILE SOUTH OF US ROUTE 50...MAINLY CONFINED TO A TRAILER PARK JUST WEST OF COLE ROAD. THE DAMAGE OCCURRED ON JUNE 4 AT ABOUT 600 PM. FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED. MINOR ROOF AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED TO HOMES AND TRAILERS AS WELL. SOME ROOFS WERE NEARLY LIFTED OFF OF THE TRAILERS...SUGGESTING SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AS WELL. SKIRTING WAS BLOWN AWAY FROM NUMEROUS TRAILERS AS WELL. SOME TRAILERS WERE ALSO DAMAGED DUE TO THE IMPACT OF FALLING TREES. THE TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AN EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH WINDS OF 65 TO 70 MPH. IN ADDITION...A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR AURORA WAS SURVEYED IN DEARBORN COUNTY. THE DAMAGE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WAS DETERMINED TO BE CAUSED BY STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS...WHICH OCCURRED BETWEEN 605 AND 610 PM ON JUNE 4. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED...UPROOTED...OR SPLIT OFF. SOME OF THE TREES WERE VERY LARGE AND HEALTHY. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED TO SOME HOMES AND GARAGES. SOME TREES AND LARGE LIMBS FELL ON HOUSES AND CARS AS WELL. WIND SPEEDS IN THIS AREA WERE ESTIMATED AT 80 MPH. THERE WERE NUMEROUS OTHER AREAS SUSTAINING STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE THROUGHOUT DEARBORN COUNTY. WHILE MUCH OF IT OCCURRED DURING THE EVENING OF JUNE 4...SOME DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED WITH THE FIRST ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 3.
...EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NORTHEAST PENDLETON COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE NEAR PEACH GROVE IN NORTHEAST PENDLETON COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A WEAK TORNADO ON WEDNESDAY EVENING...JUNE 4 BETWEEN 615 PM AND 625 PM. MUCH OF THE DAMAGE WAS FOUND ON EITHER SIDE OF STATE ROUTE 10 JUST NORTH OF PEACH GROVE. A HOUSE ON THE WEST SIDE OF STATE ROUTE 10 HAD SIDING RIPPED OFF AND GARAGE DOOR DAMAGE. A FEW LARGE HAY BARNS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED ACROSS ROUTE 10 FROM THE HOUSE. ONE OF THE BARNS SUSTAINED SEVERE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WITH THE ROOF TAKEN OFF AND ALL OF THE OUTSIDE WALLS BLOWN OUT. DEBRIS FROM THE ROOF WAS FOUND SCATTERED TO THE EAST OF THE BARN. BOTH BARNS APPEARED TO BE OLD AND POORLY CONSTRUCTED. THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TOOK PLACE AT A RESIDENCE JUST NORTH OF THE AFFECTED BARNS ON THE EAST SIDE OF ROUTE 10. THE PROPERTY HAS TWO GARAGES...ONE ATTACHED TO THE HOUSE AND A STANDALONE GARAGE... BOTH OF WHICH SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE GARAGE DOOR ON THE STANDALONE GARAGE WAS BLOWN INWARD...WITH A BACK DOOR BLOWN OUT INTO THE YARD BEHIND THE STRUCTURE. TOOLS INSIDE THE GARAGE WERE BLOWN OUT THE BACK AND STREWN ACROSS THE YARD. A METAL TRAILER PARKED BETWEEN THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE WEST FACING GARAGE AND AN ADJACENT STONE WALL WAS PICKED UP AND PLACED BEHIND (OR TO THE EAST OF) THE GARAGE PERPENDICULAR TO ITS ORIGINAL POSITION. NO DRAG MARKS WERE EVIDENT IN THE GROUND...INDICATING THE TORNADO CLEANLY PICKED UP THE TRAILER. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO THE HOME INCLUDED AN INTERIOR DOOR FRAME BLOWN INWARD INTO THE KITCHEN. ITEMS IN THE KITCHEN WERE STREWN AS A RESULT OF THE WINDS. NUMEROUS DECIDUOUS TREES WERE UPROOTED AND BROKEN THROUGHOUT THIS AREA. IT APPEARS THERE WERE TWO BRIEF TOUCHDOWNS IN THIS AREA...WITH THE TOTAL DAMAGE PATH ACROSS STATE ROUTE 10 ABOUT A HALF MILE LONG. ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS WITH THIS TORNADO WERE AT 80 TO 85 MPH...CONSISTENT WITH THE HIGH END OF THE EF0 CATEGORY.
...STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE IN EASTERN BUTLER COUNTY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE IN MONROE IN EASTERN BUTLER COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS WEDNESDAY EVENING...JUNE 4 BETWEEN 635 PM AND 645 PM. THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO THE COUNTRY ESTATES NEIGHBORHOOD OFF CINCINNATI-DAYTON ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED...AND MANY WERE UPROOTED. SEVERAL HOMES HAD SECTIONS OF SIDING REMOVED ALONG WITH MINOR CHIMNEY DAMAGE. A FEW FENCES WERE ALSO BLOWN OVER. MANY RESIDENTS INTERVIEWED INDICATED THAT THE HIGH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED FOR BETTER THAN FIVE MINUTES. DAMAGE EXTENDED ALONG A MILE PATH THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WAS ABOUT ONE HALF MILE IN WIDTH. HIGHEST WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY 80 MPH.
...STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN NORTHERN CLERMONT AND NORTHERN BROWN COUNTIES... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE IN GOSHEN AND WAYNE TOWNSHIPS IN CLERMONT COUNTY AND IN PERRY TOWNSHIP IN BROWN COUNTY WERE CAUSED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. DAMAGE VIEWED INCLUDED LOSS OF LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOF SHINGLES...A GARAGE DOOR BLOWN IN...MANY LARGE TREES EITHER SPLIT OR UPROOTED... WITH SOME TREES CAUSING SEVERE DAMAGE TO HOMES. THE WORST SEVERE HOME DAMAGE COINCIDED WITH THE LOCATION WITH THE GREATEST NUMBER OF FALLEN TREES...IN GOSHEN TOWNSHIP IN CLERMONT COUNTY. DAMAGE IN WAYNE TOWNSHIP OCCURRED MAINLY NEAR AND NORTH OF STONELICK STATE PARK. THIS DAMAGE CONSISTED OF LARGE TREES EITHER SPLIT OR WITH LARGE BRANCHES DOWN...AS WELL AS A LARGE MOVABLE SIGN BEING TOSSED ACROSS THE ROAD INTO THE SIDE OF A HOME. FURTHER EAST IN BROWN COUNTY...NUMEROUS LARGE TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SPLIT...WITH MANY HOMES HAVING SHINGLES TORN OFF. THE ROOF OF A HOME PORCH WAS ALSO TORN OFF AND TOSSED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOME. THE HOME SUSTAINING THE GARAGE DOOR DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED IN PERRY TOWNSHIP IN BROWN COUNTY. DAMAGE IN BOTH AREAS WAS FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION.


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