A survey team from the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down near Huntsville in Butler County on Sunday afternoon.
The weather service says winds likely reached 105 miles an hour and was about the width of about two football fields.
One minor injury was reported, and one a mobile home had its roof taken off by powerful winds associated with the storm.
The Associated Press reports the National Weather Service also confirmed two tornadoes in Northern Tenneseee, including an EF-1 in Robertson County with winds reaching 90 miles an hour and an EF-0 in Sumner County.
Eight years ago this week, an F3 tornado tore through parts of Northwest Kentucky and Southern Indiana. It claimed two-dozen lives and left hundreds injured. Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service Paducah office said several factors led to the devastation.
“The main factor was the fact that it moved through at night. We had a major tornado that moved through a metropolitan area and unfortunately when you factor in that it impacted a mobile home park, that’s about the worst scenario that could occur,” said Shanklin.
The November 6, 2005 tornado traveled 41 miles and featured winds that reached an estimated 200 miles per hour. It touched down originally in Smith Mills in Henderson County.
Shanklin and several colleagues attended a gathering at a Red Cross facility in Evansville Wednesday.
Three men from eastern Kentucky are putting together a documentary about a town's recovery from a devastating spring tornado. WYMT-TV reports that Paul Lyons, Nathan Lewis and Timothy Boatright usually spend their time making videos of weddings and about tourism, but decided to work together on a documentary after the tornado destroyed part of their hometown of West Liberty.
The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area this afternoon brought strong winds that knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well.
Credit Gov. Steve Beshear visits West Liberty, Ky on a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk after a tornado struck the town Mar. 2. (photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs)
The Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for residents of seven Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of Friday’s tornadoes and severe storms.
Officials with the Kentucky Public Service Commission say there are about 93 hundred power outages in storm damaged areas of Kentucky, as of mid-morning Monday. That number does not include outages in areas served by municipal utilties or by rural electric cooperatives in the Tennessee Valley system.
Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week. The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.
Updating earlier reports on deaths and injuries in Kentucky, following Friday's severe storms, the Kentucky Department of Health says coroners in the state have reported seventeen fatalities. In addition, about 300 injuries connected to the storms have been reported.
Governor Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson are touring some of the devastated areas today.Damage has been reported in forty Kentucky counties,and at least ten counties have declared states of emergency.