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National Weather Service reports three tornadoes touch down in central, southern Kentucky

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The National Weather Service in Louisville has confirmed three tornadoes touched down Monday night in central and southern Kentucky.

The strongest was shortly before 11 p.m. CST in Adair County, an EF-1, based on the scale that ranks tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (catastrophic), with top winds estimated between 100 and 105 miles per hour. 

Damage in Adair County (National Weather Service photo)

It had a west to east path that ran 3.8 miles long and 150 yards wide, north of Columbia and south of Green River Lake. It toppled numerous trees, tore roofs from outbuildings, damaged carports and barns, and even threw a 1,500-pound hay bale over a fence, according to a damage survey. Flying debris also damaged vehicles and other buildings.

A second one, given an EF-0 rating, struck Marion County just south of Lebanon, shortly before midnight EST. It had a path that was two miles long and 60 yards wide, with winds of 80 to 85 miles per hour. It touched down on a barn, flattening it, and sending parts of the metal roof in a circular pattern nearby. It also crumpled a three-legged TV tower and damaged several trees.

The third tornado touched down for about a minute near Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County, around 9:50 p.m. CST. This small twister, with peak winds of 80 miles per hour, was also an EF-0, with a path that was 0.3 miles long and 65 yards wide. It snapped several trees that were one to two feet in diameter, according to the damage survey, and was part of a system that also led to straight-line wind damage.

There were no injuries reported in any of the tornadoes.

The storm system also caused minor flooding at the Rolling Fork River near Boston, the Rough River near Dundee and Elkhorn Creek near Frankfort. Several reports of over three inches of rain were reported across Kentucky, with the most being 3.40 inches at a Kentucky Mesonet station near Scottsville, in Allen County.   

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