Magoffin Co. schools damaged by tornado

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The tornado that ripped through Magoffin County Friday night did not spare much, including the schools. Now officials say they are trying to figure out how bad the damage is and when kids can go back to school.

They say it was an EF3 tornado, and when it swept through Salyersville Friday night it left a path of destruction many can only describe as unreal.

"I've never seen anything like this in our area before," said John Taylor

"To actually experience, to physically see it, be in the presence of it, I have never seen anything like this," said Magoffin County Superintendent Joe Hunley.

The storm ripped apart everything in its path, including Salyersville schools. The grade school, middle school, and high school were all badly damaged.

Superintendent Hunley said when the storms passed, he heard there was damage to the schools. He tried to see it firsthand Friday night, but the roads were impassable.

"Unfortunately when I was able to get here (Saturday), we found what you see. It's just total devastation," Hunley said.

Where there was once a playground, you see only piles of rubble. The roof of the middle school now sits on the ground behind the school.

"We're just trying to come up with a game plan as to how to attack this," Hunley said.

Officials say they are working quickly to get the schools open, but their biggest concern right now is for everyone who lost their homes.

"This is minor when you don't know where you're going to lay your head down at night," Hunley said.

"I feel for these people, you know. It's really bad over here," said Taylor.

Officials say there are still a lot of questions to be answered.

Magoffin County schools will be closed all week, and there is no word yet on when they will reopen.

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