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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 20, 2011
Counties:  Washington IN
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  75 yards
Path length:  0.7 mile
Time:  12:00am EDT
Notes:  This tornado touched down just downwind of the previous event, on the property of West Washington High School.  Along the path two barns and a silo were damaged.  Several trees were knocked down or snapped.  The tornado lifted at the intersection of West Mount Tabor Road and Smedley Road.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Washington IN
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path Width:  50 yards
Path length:  0.6 mile
Time:12:07am EDT
Notes:  The tornado touched down along Jim Day Road about a quarter mile south of Lewellen Road where a 30 foot by 40 foot outbuilding was destroyed and its roof thrown about 75 yards to the north and east.  At the end of the path a house suffered roof damage, a 30 foot by 50 foot shed was destroyed, and a small grain bin was twisted and thrown 100 feet.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Harrison IN
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  50 yards
Path length:  0.3 mile
Time:  12:09am EDT
Notes:  Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped or uprooted along the northern bank of Indian Creek two miles northeast of Corydon. 

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Washington IN, Scott IN
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:200 yards
Path length:  13 miles (skipping)
Time:  12:14am EDT
Notes:  Though this tornado was weak it had a fairly long path from four miles south southwest of Little York to five miles north northeast of Austin.  Several trees were snapped or uprooted and a roof was damaged near Rutherford Hollow Road.  The rest of the damage along the path was restricted to trees.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Scott IN, Jefferson IN
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  100 yards
Path length:  12 miles
Time:  12:19am EDT
Notes:  This tornado began at the Holiday Inn Express in Scottsburg, damaging the east side of the second floor.  Also in Scottsburg trees were felled and roofs were damaged.  Near IN 203 and North Bethlehem Road several trees were down and agricultural buildings and residential roofs were damaged. This tornado caused primarily tree damage, and also tore the roof off of a large barn.  The twister lifted 2.4 miles east of Deputy.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Clark IN
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  200 yards
Path length:  1.2 miles
Time:  12:28am EDT
Notes:  This tornado hit about three and a half miles north northeast of Jeffersonville in Sunset Trailer Park where two dozen trailers were damaged.  Several trailers were moved off of their foundations and had roof damage.  One trailer roof was thrown 65 yards.  Trees and power lines were damaged as well.  The tornado then weakened slightly as it moved into a subdivision damaging several small trees, sheds, and roofs.  A trampoline was thrown and wrapped around a shed and a tree.  Continuing to the northeast, a church off of Holmans Lane suffered significant damage when its entire south wall was blown out.  Sheds were destroyed and trees uprooted.  Insulation was thrown from north to southeast.  Across Holmans Lane trees and roofs were damaged before the tornado lifted near IN 62.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Clark IN
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  75 yards
Path length:  0.1 mile
Time:  12:28am EDT
Notes:  This tornado began near the previous event, on the east side of the same trailer park, and ended at Charlestown Pike.  Trees were snapped, a shed was damaged, and shingle damage was found.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Jefferson IN
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  125 yards
Path length:  2.4 miles (skipping)
Time:  12:40am EDT
Notes:  The tornado touched down near the intersection of IN 62 and E400N, severely damaging several outbuildings. A 2x4 from one of the outbuildings was driven through the exterior wall and into the kitchen of a home 1/10 mile away. The skipping storm then raced northeast across hilly rural terrain. Numerous large hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted at a Girl Scout campground on Geyman Hill Road. After exiting the campground, the tornado then destroyed a large barn and damaged the roofs of nearby homes and other outbuildings, as well as uprooting more trees. It lifted shortly after crossing China-Manville Road.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Jefferson IN
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  100 yards
Path length:  3.3 miles
Time:  12:41am EDT
Notes:  This fast-moving tornado began along US 421 one half mile south of the Jefferson-Ripley County line, then raced eastward, doing minor damage to a home, sucking the door out of a large garage, and taking off much of the roof off of a large tobacco barn. The most extensive damage was done near the end of the tornado's path, where it destroyed a mobile home, took the roof off a cinder block outbuilding, and did extensive damage to the roofs of several large barns.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Oldham
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  80 yards
Path length:  0.2 mile
Time:  12:49am EDT
Notes:  The tornado destroyed a barn and snapped large hardwood trees where it touched down just northwest of LaGrange.  Further to the northeast it destroyed another barn and damaged the roof of a house. 

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Franklin
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width: 30 yards
Path length:  4.7 miles
Time:  1:28am EDT
Notes:  This tornado began on the south side of Frankfort and tracked to the northeast.  It damaged several trees and knocked shingles off of houses.  The most intense damage was found near Frankfort Cemetery and the Kentucky State Capitol.

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Scott KY
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  50 yards
Path length:  0.5 mile
Time:  1:54am EDT
Notes:  This tornado struck about seven miles northeast of Georgetown.  A tied-down trailer was overturned.  Several outbuildings were destroyed or damaged.  A garage wall of a well-built home buckled. 

April 20, 2011
Counties:  Simpson
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  100 yards
Path length:  3.3 miles
Time:  1:30am CDT
Notes:  The tornado moved from three and a half miles west of Franklin to the north side of town.  Near KY 100 the twister destroyed a barn and threw debris about a quarter mile.  The tornado then moved east damaging the roof of another barn and uprooting or snapping at least 100 trees.