Tornado Touchdown Confirmed In Laurel County

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - Meteorologists confirmed Thursday that a tornado hit a rural stretch of southeastern Kentucky on Wednesday as part of a storm that damaged about two dozen structures.

Laurel County Sheriff Fred Yaden said there were no reported injuries.

"It was real intense," he said. "The winds were really strong, and the rain was coming in gushes."

A National Weather Service storm survey team sent to the scene determined that the tornado with winds estimated between 86 and 110 mph touched down Wednesday afternoon about one mile west of the Pittsburg community in Laurel County, according to the weather service office in Jackson.

Laurel County public safety director Brian Reams said about 24 structures were damaged, including homes, barns and outbuildings. He said officials had not yet compiled an estimated dollar loss.

Several homes near Pittsburg had shingle damage, and a number of
trees were downed, the weather service said. A downed tree fell on
a home, and a mobile home was blown off its foundation, it said.

The tornado cut a swath of damage stretching about two miles long and 200 yards wide, the weather service said.

There was also hail reported in nearby Clay County.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2007 at 02:12 PM
    Taylor put a rose on your nose
  • by Nikki Location: London on Nov 15, 2007 at 09:32 AM
    This isn't usual for a tornado to touch down without warning here. We never do get a fair enough time to take shelter. I worked not even 2 minutes from this location and none of us knew it hit until after the damage was done. I was also at a red light when the one in 2001 touched down without warning behind Walmart in London. There was no warning, no siren.. I'm surprised no one is injured in either of these cases. I lived in Kansas for 3 years and we never had one that touched down without warnings. We were always warned and now I must ask... why can't we have warnings like them? Sure, we don't get the same amount of tornadoes as them, but we deserve the same amount of warning, don't you think?
  • by Anonymous Location: bell on Nov 15, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    those poor family tat is aweful if they need finacail help they can contact bell county high schoo
  • by David Location: Taylor on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    I am a trained spotter and it was my eyewitness report to the National Weather Service that prompted a tornado warning being issued for Laurel County at the time. I did see a tornado on the ground with a rotating condesation funnel and rotating debris field on the ground northwest of London heading ENE. So there was a confirmed tornado in the area at the time the damage took place in East Bernstadt.

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