tornado

Michael Cook

Update at 11:20 am:

The statewide tornado drill has been postponed until next Tuesday, March 10.

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What would you do in case of a tornado? Kentucky officials believe that's a good question to ask, and answer, on Tuesday.

NWS

Survey crews from the National Weather Service spent Thursday fanned out across Kentucky checking out damage from Wednesday's severe storms.

In Christian County, five miles northeast of Hopkinsville, the NWS says it found evident of 125 mile per hour winds in an EF-2 tornado that formed just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.  No one was injured by the fierce winds damaged at least six homes, two banrs and knocked over several trees.

Several minutes later, meteorologists say the area experience downburst winds. 

Meantime in Bullitt County three hours earlier, a weaker, EF-0 tornado with winds topping out at 80 miles an hour did minor structural damage to homes southeast of Shepherdsville.

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.

National Weather Service

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.

Kentucky Firefighters Collecting Goods for Moore, Oklahoma

May 23, 2013

Firefighters in a Kentucky town that is still rebuilding after being devastated by tornadoes last year are collecting goods to send to tornado victims in Oklahoma.

West Liberty Assistant Fire Chief James Phipps told WYMT-TV that officials there wanted to help in some way because "we know what they are going through."

Much of the small city's downtown was wiped out when a twister hit on March 2, 2012.

The deadly tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday also caused much devastation and damaged or destroyed as 13,000 homes.

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.

Tornadoes, hail and drought were just some of the things the students and their two professors came across on their two week journey throughout the Midwest.

National Weather Service

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.

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.

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