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June 26, 2015 Shelby County Straight-Line Winds

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350 PM EDT Sat Jun 27 2015

...NWS Damage Survey for 06/26/2015 Thunderstorm Wind Event...

.Extreme eastern Jefferson through southern Shelby Counties in 

Peak Wind:                 45-65 MPH
Path Length/Statue/:       15 miles
Path Width/Maximum/:       4 miles
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                Fri 26 2015
Start Time:                5:50 PM EDT
Start Location:            5 miles SSW of Simpsonville

End Date:                  Fri 26 2015
End Times:                 6:04 PM EDT
End Location:              5 miles SSE of Shelbyville 

Survey Summary:

The National Weather Service in conjunction with Shelby County 
Emergency Management conducted a storm survey across eastern 
Jefferson and Shelby counties in Kentucky.  The survey team 
investigated areas from the destructive bow echo that went through 
the area Friday evening.

There was sporadic wind damage from west of Finchville through 
southern portions of Shelbyville.  The majority of the damage was 
due to sections of trees snapping or falling over.  The survey team 
was extremely thankful to have renowned tree expert Dr. Bill 
Fountain from the University of Kentucky Horticulture Department 
come and assess the damage to the trees.  The team observed damage 
to over 50 hackberry, black cherry, different types of maple, Osage 
orange, and especially Bradford pear trees.  

There was some barn damage along with a tree on top of a home.  All 
the damage was from the west southwest to the east northeast.

The Kentucky mesonet observed 55mph and the winds on the ground were 
estimated to be as low as 45mph and as high as 65mph.  The worst 
damage occurred just northeast of Finchville.

The National Weather Service would like to thank Shelby County 
Emergency Manager Paul Whitman for his help with the survey.

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

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