Power remained out in parts of eastern Kentucky and officials determined that at least two tornadoes caused scattered damage in three counties the result of storms on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Storms raced through much of Kentucky on Tuesday night, flipping
some mobile homes, toppling trees and power lines and producing
Both of the tornadoes were classified as EF1, with top winds of 105 mph, according to the NWS website. One occurred at 8:25 p.m. EDT, four miles northwest of Dunnville in Casey County. The twister mostly followed ridgetops as it skipped into Pulaski County, flipping some trailers and downing trees and powerlines, the NWS reported.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department reported no injuries as a result of the tornado or other storms.
"People go to a localhospital to take cover when there are weather warnings," a sheriff's dispatcher said.
At 9:30 p.m., a tornado demolished a barn and inflicted slight damage on some houses four miles east south east of London, according to the NWS. It was also an EF1 and traveled just under two miles. No injuries were reported.
Meteorologists from the Jackson Weather Service office planned to examine storm damage at Harlan Thursday in an effort to learn whether a tornado struck there Tuesday. If it did, it would have been Harlan's first tornado in recorded weather records, according to John Jacobson of the NWS Jackson office.
In Harlan, the storm damaged the roof of the emergency room at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, officials said. Hospital CEO David Brash said emergency room services were temporarily moved to another area of the hospital while repairs were made. No one was
injured, he said.
A wind gust of 68 mph was reported in Frankfort, and gusts reached nearly 60 mph in Lexington. Softball-size hail hit Priceville in Hart County, said Mike Callahan, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. Scott and Larue counties were socked with baseball-size hail, he said.
Central Kentucky received 1½ to 2 inches of rain.
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