LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The National Weather Service has
confirmed at least a a dozen tornadoes that touched down during
storms that swept through Kentucky, killing seven people and
prompting Gov. Steve Beshear to declare a state of emergency.
The weather service said two powerful twisters hit Allen and
Monroe counties along the Tennessee border. Both brought winds of
up to 160 miles per hour. The Allen County tornado accounted for
four deaths when it struck early Wednesday morning. The county
borders Macon County, Tenn., where at least 13 of the 31 deaths in
that state were reported.
The weather service said tornadoes also touched down in Mercer,
Meade, Bath and Menifee counties in Kentucky, with two twisters
each in Spencer, Hardin and Washington counties.
The governor toured a number of the damaged areas Wednesday by
helicopter. In Frankfort, lawmakers prayed for storm victims.
On Thursday, cleanup efforts continued, including in the
hard-hit part of Allen County.
The weather overnight Tuesday into Wednesday 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.
In Muhlenberg County in western Kentucky, a couple and their
adult daughter died at Nolen mobile home park outside Greenville,
Kentucky State Police Trooper Stuart Recke said.
Bobby Joe Crick, 71; his wife, Diane Crick, 62; and their
40-year-old daughter, Gilda Ann Crick, died when the storms struck
their mobile home park near Greenville. They were identified
Wednesday by Ted Tucker, co-owner of Tucker Funeral Home in Central City.
A niece, Linda Fulkerson, said her uncle was a retired hospital
and county road department worker. Gilda Ann was known as "Sissy"
among family, Fulkerson said. A combined funeral service was
scheduled for Friday.
Kentucky State Police identified the Allen County victims as
Linda Stephens, 53; her 2-year-old grandson, Hunter Stephens; and a
married couple, Phyllis "Joy" Dow, 58, and Michael Dow, 50.
State police listed seven people named Stephens as among those
hospitalized from Allen County, including an infant and 1-year-old
Mike Wimpee, a deputy coroner in Allen County, said the dead
lived in two different mobile homes in the farming community of
Holland, within 1½ miles of each other. Up to nine mobile homes in
the area were destroyed, Wimpee said.
The storms interrupted power and phone service to many.
As of early Thursday, Kentucky Utilities reported 6,000
customers without power around the state. LG&E, which serves
Louisville, reported less than 1,000 customers without power.
It was the latest round of damaging weather in the state.
Last week, portions of Kentucky were lashed by strong storms,
spawning a tornado that touched down at least four times in