The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado did hit Laurel County Wednesday afternoon. Members of one family say they're happy no one was killed after one of the most terrifying moments of their lives.
It's hard to describe the destruction at their Laurel County home. Entire structures literally picked up off the ground by the tornado and dropped 50 feet away. Shards of debris pierce the ground surrounding their home. Thursday, National Weather Service meteorologists determined that it was a tornado that damaged parts of Laurel County.
"In looking at the damage here, we have determined that there was a tornado that moved through this part of Laurel County yesterday afternoon," said Shawn Harley with the National Weather Service.
Pat Miller witnessed the entire storm from her son's house next door.
"And then I looked out and I saw the trees bending, pretty strongly and then the next thing I knew, they were bent over and were rotating at the same time, which was pretty scary. I screamed and told my son that he needed to get to the basement," Miller said.
And when she came out, she saw where her shed used to sit, now only an open plot of gray land. Now Pat and her family begin a long cleanup, grateful that what was lost, can be replaced.
"We're just thanking God because we feel like we've been blessed because he protected us and that's all that matters," Miller said.
The National Weather Service in Jackson, after conducting a storm survey, have confirmed a EF1 tornado with winds estimated at 86-110mph, in the Glenview area of north-central Laurel County. The tornado, which touched down at 4:32 pm, had a path length of around 2 miles and a width of 200 yards.