02-29-2012

Tornado damage reported in several Kentucky counties

Kentucky Press News Service

The severe thunderstorm system responsible for tornado damage in Illinois and Missouri overnight moved into Western and Central Kentucky today causing damage in several locations.

In Muhlenberg County, there was a report of damage to a middle school roof. No students were hurt. In Greenville, the electricity was knocked out. Trees and power lines were downed.

There was an unconfirmed report of a tornado on the ground in Todd County but no reports of damage.

Grayson County was hit with some property damage reported.

Storm spotters witnessed a tornado cross the Pennyrile Parkway this morning.

In Hardin County, considerable damage was reported on the southeast side of Elizabethtown near the intersection of highways 31W and the Lincoln Parkway. Harry Owen Trucking Co. was hit with a building destroyed. Some employees were trapped briefly. Insulation and metal siding from the building was strewn about. Some trucks were knocked over, according to WAVE-TV.

Homes in Glendale and a mobile home park near the trucking company reportedly received damage. There was also an unconfirmed report that a factory in the immediate area also was damaged.

Some homes along highways between Elizabethtown and Hodgenville were damaged. A strip mall in Hodgenville reported was damaged as was the roof of an apartment complex in Hodgenville.

Reports from the area say about a dozen homes were damaged in LaRue County and that two people received minor injuries.

A tornado was spotted near LaRue County High School but the assistant principal told WAVE-TV there was no damage to the school.

The storms that produced the damage seemed to dwindle as they traveled to the east.

Meanwhile, 65 Kentucky counties - primarily in central, southern and eastern Kentucky - are in a tornado watch area until 9 p.m. EST or 8 p.m. CST., according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville.