One year later: students still face fears of tornado disasters

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. -- One year after a major disaster, Magoffin County schools are rebuilding and helping ease residents' fears of reoccurance, with the help of one familiar face ... and local.

WKYT's Chief Meteorologist and hometown boy Chris Bailey visited students at Harold Whitaker Middle School, which is now located inside the high school building. He spoke with students about the weather and about preparing for storms.

He even brought his own brand-new tornado machine, meant to show students how tornadoes form. School officials say this demonstration was important in helping students move forward.

Science teacher Robert Hoskins said, "Every time it would cloud up kids would ask questions. 'Is it going to be a tornado, what's happening?' As a teacher, I try to tell then it was a generational thing and isolated incident, and probably won't happen for another 10 years."

One of the county's elementary schools was completely destroyed. Classes are now held in an old school building.

WKYT will have more coverage on the one-year anniversary of the tornado outbreak later on Friday and all weekend long.


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