National Weather Service Believes 2 Tornadoes Took Place Saturday
The majority of news following Saturday night's severe weather event has focused on the south and east side of Newburgh near the river front. However, parts of Henderson also saw some damage thanks to the same line of storms. While it was believed that tornadoes were to blame based on weather radar as the storms moved in, along with photos and videos taken by residents shared on social media, that couldn't be confirmed until investigators from the National Weather Service out of Paducah had a chance to survey the damage in both cities, which took place during the day on Sunday.
Just before 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening, the office shared the preliminary results of their investigation through their Twitter account.
The "EF," or "Enhanced Fujita" Scale rates tornadoes on a scale of 0 to 5 on their estimated wind speed which they determine by assessing damage to structures like houses, other buildings, trees, etc. That is a very basic explanation. The Weather Channel website goes into far greater detail on how the scale was created.
Based on that scale, an "EF-2" generates estimated wind speeds between 111 to 135 miles per hour.
We'll share the rating for the Newburgh tornado once it is released by the National Weather Service.
[Source: National Weather Service on Twitter]