WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed February 29, 2012
Weather Service Says an EF2 Tornado Added to Damage
The Associated Press is reporting that a National Weather Service team has determined at least one of the strong storms that raced through Kentucky Wednesday was an EF2 tornado, with winds up to 125 miles per hour.
Officials say waves of strong storms damaged dozens of homes and businesses in north central Kentucky, but left only one person injured.
LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner says at least twenty houses were destroyed or severely damaged in Hodgenville. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is located at the southern edge of Hodgenville. Turner says the Wednesday morning storm could have been devastating, but a Day Care and three nearby schools were spared.
State police say several buildings in Elizabethtown in Hardin County were destroyed. Debris and high water have complicated travel in some areas, and motorists are advised to use caution.