Severe Weather - July 11, 2009

EF1 Tornado southeast of Piketon, Ohio (southern Pike County):

...EF1 tornado confirmed in Pike County Ohio...

Location...5 miles SSE of Piketon, Ohio
Date...July 11th 2009
Estimated time...420 PM EDT
Maximum EF-scale rating...EF1
Estimated maximum wind speed...94 mph
Maximum path width...100 yards
Path length...0.6 miles
Beginning lat/lon...38.9987 N / 82.9761 W
Ending lat/lon...38.9905 N / 82.9721 W

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS storm data.

A team from the National Weather Service forecast office in Wilmington Ohio conducted a damage survey and has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down south-southeast of Piketon. Damage indicates that it touched down briefly in two locations. The initial touch down occurred near Loop Road, where an estimated 15 trees were uprooted and knocked down. The tornado then briefly lifted before touching down again in a cemetery off of Bailey Chapel Road. There, it uprooted and knocked down approximately 10 more trees and lifted a trampoline over a fence. Winds were estimated around 94 mph and the damage was consistent with a low-end EF-1 tornado.