On Friday, March, 3rd the tri-state saw severe weather hit during the day, the result was 8 tornadoes.

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March 3rd 2023

On Friday, March 3rd severe weather stormed across the Tri-State region.  Here a few days later many are still dealing with downed tree limbs and property damage from the storm.  Some areas of the tri-state area had more damage than others as many tornadoes have been confirmed in our region from that storm.

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National Weather Service Confirms 8 Tornadoes on March 3rd

I knew that there were a couple of tornadoes across the tri-state on March 3rd, but I was shocked when the National Weather Service released their findings of 8 total.  Here is what the National Weather Service of Paducah had to say about the March 3rd storms:

A strong storm system led to significant impacts across our region on March 3, 2023. Heavy rainfall amounts of 3 to 4.5 inches produced widespread flash flooding with numerous road closures. Very strong winds occurred, ranging between 50 and 70 mph. These were associated with both thunderstorms and gradient winds afterwards. The line of storms moved through during the late morning and midday time period, and then very strong winds continued for hours afterwards through the afternoon. NWS Paducah issued a rare High Wind Warning to account for the strong winds that persisted for hours. The magnitude and duration of this wind produced significant damage to trees, power lines, homes, etc. Soggy ground due to the excessive rainfall likely contributed to some trees being more susceptible to being blown over. Numerous power outages occurred, particularly across western Kentucky. 8 tornadoes occurred along the line of thunderstorms across west Kentucky and southwest Indiana. This included an EF-2 tornado that occurred just south of Paducah, KY shortly after 11 AM. Finally, the lowest barometic pressure of all-time was observed in Paducah (977.7 mb) and Evansville, IN (976.0 mb).

Tornado sunset

According to the NWS findings, here are the confirmed tornadoes:

  • Tornado #1 was an EF-2 in Fremont, Kentucky (McCracken County)
  • Tornado #2 was an EF-1 in St. Joseph, Indiana (Vanderburgh County)
  • Tornado #3 was an EF-0 in Darmstadt, Indiana  (Vanderburgh County)
  • Tornado #4 was an EF-1 Dale, Indiana (Spencer & Dubois Counties)
  • Tornado #5 was an EF-1 in Smith-Mills, Kentucky (Henderson County)
  • Tornado #6 was an EF-1 in Sturgis, Kentucky (Union County)
  • Tornado #7 was an EF-1 in Western Union County, Kentucky
  • Tornado #8 was an EF-0 in Western Union County, Kentucky

A couple of these tornadoes reached wind speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  You can read more in-depth about each tornado, and even see the path each tornado took, here.

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