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Tropical Depression Bertha Lifting North; Isolated Severe Across Southern U.S.; Heat Continues In West

Tropical Depression Bertha continues to weaken and lift north toward the central Appalachians and eastern Ohio Valley. Heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding are likely. Meanwhile, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible on Thursday from the Southeast to south-central High Plains. Finally, the ongoing heat wave continues in the West and will expand into the Rockies by the weekend. Read More >

April 1, 1970
Counties:  Jefferson KY
F-scale:  F1
Deaths: 0
Injuries: 0
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Path length: 2.8 miles
Time:  8:00pm
Notes: (Taken from an internal Weather Bureau memo) A roof was severely damaged in Plantation on Hermitage Way. Many trees were uprooted and there were signs of rotation on Goose Creek Road. At 4022 Simcoe Road a barn was overturned, killing a horse inside, and 100 yards of plank fence were demolished. At 4510 Chamberlain Lane on the J. W. Head farm the roof of the residence was destroyed, portions of which were found several hundred yards downstream. Most of the roof was lifted up and over power lines that were 20 feet above the ground 150 feet distant from the house. A store at the intersection of Brownsboro Road and Ballardsville Road was unroofed. Outside of these points, weak trees were felled, signs were blown over, and minor roof damage occurred.
Notes:  Storm Data says this tornado touched down eleven miles northeast of Standiford Field and traveled northeast for three miles.

April 23, 1970
Counties:  Scott KY
F-scale:  F3
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  50 yards
Path length:  1/2 mile
Time:  4:20am
Grazulis narrative:  At Great Crossing, four miles west of Georgetown, a small tornado destroyed a home.  Another home was badly damaged, and several barns and outbuildings were blown down.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC rank this as an F3...Grazulis gives it an F2.

June 13, 1970
Counties:  Hancock
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  6:45am
Notes:  According to Storm Data, one house was struck on Happy Hollow Road four miles south of Hawesville.

September 3, 1970
Counties:  Dubois
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  2:09pm
Noted discrepancies:  None

September 3, 1970
Counties:  Clark IN
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  3:30pm
Noted discrepancies:  According to Storm Data this tornado touched down between Borden and Pekin just southwest of IN 60...would that be modern-day IN 160?

November 19, 1970
Counties:  Ohio
F-scale:  F2
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  18
Path width:  600 yards
Path length:  37 miles (skipping)
Time:  10:25pm
Notes:  This tornado likely touched down in eastern Muhlenberg County and traveled roughly northward through western Ohio County, including the Echols, Rockport, and Hartford areas, and into far eastern Daviess County around Whitesburg.  In the Rockport and Echols area the tornado was up to a quarter mile wide.  It destroyed a dozen houses and half a dozen mobile homes, damaged 40 other houses and several barns to some degree, and injured eleven people.  In Hartford two children were hospitalized when their trailer was overturned.  The tornado did its worst in Whitesville in Daviess County, damaging much of the town.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists Ohio and Daviess counties...NCDC lists only Ohio County...Grazulis lists Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.  SPC/NCDC lat/lon list this tornado as touching down in Daviess County, and provide no liftoff lat/lon.  Grazulis has the tornado starting in Muhlenberg County east of Greenville and he lifts it at Hartford in Ohio County (nowhere near the SPC/NCDC lat/lon).  SPC and NCDC list no injuries, Grazulis and Storm Data list 18.  SPC gives a path length of 1/10 of a mile (obviously wrong), NCDC gives nothing, and Grazulis gives 20 miles.  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC and Grazulis give nothing.  Storm Data mentions tornado-like damage at Whitesville in Daviess County.

November 19, 1970
Counties:  Perry IN
F-scale:  F3
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Time:  10:47pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC rank this as an F3...Grazulis does not list it.  The worst damage mentioned in Storm Data is the destruction of a barn and three farm buildings, along with scattered roof damage and a "wrecked" trailer. 
Notes:  According to Storm Data the tornado touched down on the southwest side of IN 66 at the west edge of Tell City.  The storm crossed IN 66 into a cemetery and trailer court.