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2016 Perryville-Burgin tornado
EF4 Tornado
The tornado moving over rural areas of northern Mercer County.

The tornado moving over rural areas of northern Mercer County.
Date May 12, 2016
Times 6:50 p.m -- 7:45 p.m
Touchdown location 6:50 p.m EDT
Highest winds

200 MPH (320 km/h)

Injuries 26
Fatalities 2
Damage 967 Million (2016 USD)
Areas affected Central Kentucky
Part of the
Tornadoes of 2016 (Crowe2003)

Tornado outbreak sequence of May 9-14, 2016

The 2016 Perryville–Burgin tornado was an extremely violent and long-lived tornado that impacted the communities of Perryville and Burgin during the afternoon and evening of May 12, 2016. It passed through Boyle, Garrard, and Jessamine Counties. A few well-constructed homes were swept completely away, including some ripped so violently from their foundation that it cracked. This is usually indicative of wind speeds well over 200 MPH, which would be an EF5 tornado. However, the lack of anchor-bolted structures resulted in an EF4 rating with peak winds of 200 MPH. The most severe damage occurred to the community of Burgin, which is located in southern Mercer County in Kentucky, also where the two fatalities occurred.

Meteorological synopsis

On May 7, 2016, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued their Day 6 severe weather outlook, highlighting a substantial and widespread risk for severe weather from southeastern Oklahoma to western Pennsylvania, they then upgraded it to a 30% risk for the day 5 outlook. On their day 1 outlook, the SPC issued a Moderate risk with a 15% SIG tornado probability.


The cell that produced the tornado first formed at around 3:54 p.m in Central Missouri and had caused several tornado warnings and, even dropped a couple of tornadoes, however, all were weak. At 6:36 p.m EDT, the storm began to become a little more organised and at 6:42, a tornado warning was issued. The tornado officially dropped at 6:50. And stayed on the ground until approximately 7:45 p.m when it lifted, after causing 967 million dollars in damages and killing two people.



The tornado caused a massive controversy of rating it EF5 due to the fact that it completely swept away homes and been scoured grass at some parts. Many research teams found that the damage was EF5, however, the official rating of high-end EF4 stands.

See also

Crowe2003's notable Tornadoes from 2011-2020
2016 Springfield, Tennessee tornado2016 El Reno tornado2016 Waterloo, Iowa tornado2016 Perryville-Burgin tornado2016 Catania tornado2020 Wagga Wagga tornado2020 Lexington tornado2020 Pigeon Forge tornado2020 McPherson, Kansas tornado2020 Oneonta, Al tornado2020 Springfield, Oregon Tornado2020 Redding-Round Mountain tornado2020 Watsonville, California tornado2020 Palm Desert tornado2020 Ashland, Oregon tornado2020 Coachella tornado