National Weather Service Confirms EF-2 Tornado Struck Kentucky

A tornado hit Henderson County over the weekend, damaging homes and downing trees and electrical poles, but no injuries were reported, according to The Gleaner.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service office in Paducah confirmed that a tornado hit Henderson County shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday night. The tornado was an EF-2 with wind peaks of around 115 mph (185 kph) and it stayed on the ground for 17 miles (27 kilometers).

“The tornado did roof, siding, and fascia damage to dozens of homes along the path. At least a dozen barns or outbuildings sustained roof or structural damage. One large barn was completely destroyed, with debris scattered hundreds of yards from its foundation. Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted,” the weather service said on its website.

Henderson County Judge-executive Brad Schneider and Emergency Management Agency Director Kenny Garrett reported on Facebook on Sunday that a wide swath of the community was impacted, although the “highest concentration of damage to homes” was in eastern Henderson County’s Graham Hill area.

Power co-operative Kenergy’s outage map showed more than 2,100 customers without power at one point, but the map showed no outages as of noon Sunday.

A spokesman for Henderson Municipal Power & Light said that as of noon Sunday, power had been restored to all of their customers although crews were still in the field fixing damage to poles and lines.

Two Henderson County facilities sustained tornado damage, according to Kentucky Transportation District 2. The roof was torn off the old salt dome. Strong winds also brought down a communications tower.