Severe storms hit Kentucky

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Many homes have been transformed into debris, some just brick and mortar with no roofs atop the chaos Mother Nature left behind.

The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes touched down in Kentucky on a leap year. Extensive damage was done in many places in the bluegrass state on Feb. 29.

One tornado, an EF2, touched down near Elizabethtown in Hardin County. The twister had winds up to 125 miles per hour and left a path of destruction 2 miles long.

Meanwhile, two tornados have been confirmed in neighboring Larue County and the National Guard was called in. Subdivisions in Hodgenville resembled doll houses, with no roofs and insulation ripped from the walls. One woman's home was left half standing and her daughter said she had fallen asleep during the calm before the storm.

“She was upstairs in bed asleep and the tornado had already take the roof off her bedroom,” said Lisa Reidner, whose mother Jo Rita’s home was half gone.

“We looked down from our house, our parents live around back and we ran down here because we saw all this debris and we knew their mother was in here,” said neighbor Brience Willian.

One tornado was also confirmed in Grayson County. Cars were flipped over into ditches and piles of split wood rails blanketed large portions of the county.

The damage in much of eastern Kentucky was not as severe.

Many photos from viewers showed everything from quarter-sized hail in Bell county to minor flooding problems caused by the heavy rain in Floyd county and other areas.


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