According to the damage survey, the tornado touched down at 9:13pm just northeast of Exit 35 north of I-40 in the Belmont community. It stayed on the ground for 5 minutes, lifting 1 mile east of the touchdown point at 9:18pm in a wooded area north of Old 59 Drive. There was one minor injury in a residence near the end of the tornado path. Maximum wind was estimated at 105 mph with a path width of 250 yards (0.14 miles). The most significant damage was to a large barn that housed K9 Savior, where well over 100 animals were kept. This barn was about where the tornado touched down. In addition, many trees were uprooted or snapped and a rural church that was resting atop brick pilings just off the ground was moved about 15 feet off it's foundation at Belmont Cemetery on Old 59 Drive.
|Tornado path (1 mile) of the Belmont tornado. Click here for KML file to view in Google Earth.|
If you look carefully at the timeline above, you'll see that the NWS indicates the tornado was on the ground prior to the issuance of the warning. In fact, it was issued one minute after the tornado lifted, however strong rotation was still evident on Doppler Radar imagery of the storm well after the tornado had lifted. This is a sobering reminder of how storms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes, especially weaker ones, with little notice, especially when a Tornado Watch is in effect. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for storms to produce tornadoes. People should keep a close eye to the sky and monitor local weather sources anytime storms are present, especially when a watch is in effect.
|A church at Belmont Cemetery was shifted about 15 feet off it's foundation.|
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