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Tornadoes of March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017
County:  Metcalfe
EF-Scale:  EF1
Deaths:   0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  100 yards
Path length:  0.3 mile
Time:  5:05pm - 5:06pm CDT
Notes: This squall line tornado was short lived but caused considerable destruction. It touched down about 0.3 mile southwest of Center, destroying two large barns and a small outbuilding in addition to taking the roof off of a small home. The front porch of a nearby home was briefly raised, causing the supports to fall out. The tornado moved northeast, streaming debris in a cyclonic pattern and into a nearby automotive repair shop that had one door blown in and another blown out. The large metal shop had minor roof damage, but was pierced in several locations by debris from the outbuildings to the southwest, and the entire facility was shifted slightly off of its foundation. Numerous vehicles near the repair shop sustained damage when hit by large debris from barns to the southwest. The cab of a small pickup was crushed by debris and the vehicle was blown onto KY 969. An RV parked next to the shop was blown into a utility pole. Several other vehicles had windows broken out. Metal roof panels from the buildings, along with insulation from a small home, were wrapped around trees as far as half a mile from their origin, with other small debris observed as far as 0.75 miles from the initial touchdown location.