18 Tornadoes Confirmed In 14 Kentucky Counties

The counties hit were; Meade, Hardin (2),Allen, Monroe, Spencer (2), Washington (2), Mercer, Muhlenburg, Calloway, Bath, Menifee, Harrison, Nelson (2), and Franklin.

The NWS is still assessing storm damage across the state to determine if it was caused by a tornado. They plan to return to Mercer County Friday morning for a second survey. The also will look at damage in southern Fayette County and the Boonesboro area.

Officials were in Harrison County, Thursday morning and after seeing damage there they say was caused by a tornado.

The NWS has determined the strength of that tornado as a EF2. That means winds were in excess of 110 mph.

The NWS also confirmed the storm damage in Frankfort was also caused by an EF1 tornado with winds around 100 mph.

The harshest tornado to hit Kentucky struck near Cecilia in Hardin County, with winds of up to 115 miles per hour.

Four people died in Allen County near the Tennessee border, and
three family members died at a Muhlenberg County mobile home park
in western Kentucky, authorities said. On Wednesday, the governor
visited areas hit hard by storms that swept through Kentucky
beginning late Tuesday.

"This is a horrible situation," Beshear said. "I am putting
boots on the ground in these areas to view the destruction and
determine how public emergency service can best assist those facing
loss of family and property."

In Frankfort, state lawmakers prayed for storm victims.

The weather was part of a violent burst of tornado-producing
storms that also slammed Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee,
killing at least 55 people in the South and injuring dozens more.

Damage is widespread throughout the state. Weather surveyors say straight line winds left behind destruction in Jessamine and Fayette counties.

Lexington Code Enforement officials went door to door in hard hit areas Thursday. They say it appears American Ave. suffered the brunt of the storm. Officials flagged homes which are no longer liveable.

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  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 8, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    To Wow: I don't know where all you have lived but I have lived in multiple states during my life and all states I have lived throughout all seasons. And all seasons have their hiccups where there are days that don't quite follow the norm. In 1989 I was living in Southeastern Arizona where it snowed for about 15 min in July. Now there wasn't the big bad talk of Global Warming back then. The weather is unpredictable and to say that this wouldn't have happened if there wasn't mankind to "trash our fishbowl" would just be crazy. Yes mankind does too much polluting and it should be minimized but to blame this incident on mankind is just fruitless and full of specific agendas.
  • by Concerned Location: Citizen on Feb 8, 2008 at 09:07 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and anyone and everyone that has been affected by these storms.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 8, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    @: Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine Lemme guess you believe in an insible man in the sky that maintains your fish bowl water right? You need to try reading more and what cycles really take place and whats considered normal for 100years. Theres tornadoes and hurricanes happening in places in the world that they were thought impossible. Guess you havent lived in ky the past 20years either to monitor the weatehr changes huh? SInce when was it comfortable to wear a t shirt and shorts in febuary? Ya need to read more before you excuse it on nature.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:15 PM
    First to Anonymous Location: Jessamine Co. Sirens are outside to mostly warn those who may be outside due to work or whatever. If you really like to be well informed get a NOAA weather radio. Second to Wow Location: Richmond. Yes this many Tornadoes in February in Kentucky is a rare occurance but trying to blame this instance on Global Warming or other man made rhetoric is just not responsible talk because the weather operates on cycles and For tornadoes to form in the first place certain features have to be in place and it just so happens much like the April 1974 outbreak that so much was in place just at the right time. Last to Posted by: Kimberly Location: annonymous. You can go to http://www.crh.noaa.gov/jkl or http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk for complete details on the tornadoes
  • by erica Location: cynthiana ky on Feb 7, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    cynthiana got the storm pretty bad luckly that i know of no one died alot of damage personal things damage to thanks to the lord above every one here can move on it will be hard
  • by Kim Location: Nicholasville on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    I live outside the city and I heard sirens. Sirens were going off everywhere. I don't know how someone living behind the post office not hear the sirens and I am even deaf in my left ear. I would like to thank the meterologist who stayed up us throughout the severe weather. Thanks we all owe you our lives.
  • by Kimberly Location: annonymous on Feb 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    I count ten coutnies in the article 14 tornados in 11 counties. Exactly which counties had tornados?
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    Ok is it just me or does 14 tornadoes at teh begining of what is historically the coldest month of the year in the state, a huge sign that we are quickly indecline with our polluting our own fish bowl?
  • by Crystal Location: Mt. Sterling on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    What about Montgomery Co.? I received a text , early Wednesday morning, from WKYT advising of a tornado warning, but have yet to hear anything mentioned on the news about it. Did we have one out in the Jeffersonville area or around the Harpers Ridge area, or just under a warning because Menifee was being hit? I had heard several people around those areas mentioning alot of damage.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jessamine Co. on Feb 7, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    I live right behind the post office here in town and didn't even hear the sirens going off. I woke up and had no clue how bad our storms were. I thank God my husband and I were safe. Kentucky Counties should have more sirens so everyone is aware of the storms!
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