Storm demolished buildings in Magoffin County; people injured

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A strong storm ripped through Magoffin County. Homes, businesses, schools, and churches are damaged or destroyed and many people are injured.

"We heard the tornado come through. It was incredibly violent," said Grayson Smith.

The winds picked up buildings and cars along Route 114 and Parkway Drive. Many of businesses and other buildings in the area are torn apart.

"Devastation, it looked like a nuclear bomb had went off," said Smith.

"It's such a devastating event. I'm frankly almost at a loss for words. I frankly didn't expect to see that kind of catastrophic damage," said Dr. Scott Arnett.

Magoffin County officials report no storm related deaths but say one person died of cardiac arrest. Crews lost count of all the injuries. Ambulances rolled through town all night.

Four of those injured are Floyd County Rescue Squad members who were on the way to help rescue people after the storm. The winds threw their vehicle. Lt. James Allen, Lt. Tommy Hereford, Shirley Morrison, and Deb Collier were taken to Highlands Regional Hospital in Prestonsburg with minor injuries.
There is no word on the amount or extent of other injuries.

Emergency crews from several counties spent all night checking every building, looking for people who might be trapped or needed help.

"We came out to help, but it feels almost hopeless. I mean, there's so much damage. It's going to take a long time to recover," said Dr. Arnett.

Officials say the Salyersville Grade School and High School are damaged and some churches are also damaged.
Some people are left homeless.

"We'll be okay, but we certainly hope the people in Kentucky will pray for us," said Smith.

Officials say they will start damage assessment on Saturday.

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