Inclement weather caused damage in more than 30 Kentucky counties during Saturday’s storms.
Governor Andy Beshear reports that four tornadoes have been confirmed so far by the National Weather Service in the following counties:
– Madison County: EF-1, 180 km/h to Union City
– Bowling Green: EF-0, 85 mph
– County of Barren: EF-1, 95 mph northwest of Glasgow
– Taylor County: EF-1, 105-110 mph in Campbellsville
NWS Paducah also posted that Hopkinsville experienced an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 115-125 mph.
NWS Louisville reports that a survey team in Marion County found EF-1 damage east of Lebanon.
Marion County Storm Survey Team found preliminary damage to EF-1 with estimated wind speeds of 100 mph east of Lebanon, KY #kywx
— NWS Louisville (@NWSLouisville) January 2, 2022
On Saturday, Governor Beshear declared a state of emergency due to severe weather in western, eastern and south-central Kentucky.
Today Governor Andy Beshear said the state continues to respond to a severe weather system that affected much of western, eastern and south-central Kentucky on Saturday and is preparing for this Winter weather is coming tonight.
Learn more: https://t.co/zjFKIIVanw pic.twitter.com/bZEFgz5hEJ
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 2, 2022
The governor will travel to Hopkinsville on Monday to assess damage from Saturday’s storm. His office says he will also travel to Graves and Hopkins counties to “check on reconstruction efforts after the Dec. 10 tornadoes.”
In the Woodhill subdivision of Campbellsville, approximately 10 homes were heavily damaged. An additional 40–50 structures in Taylor County were also damaged when the tornado touched down.
There were also possible tornadoes in Logan, Marion, Green and Metcalfe counties.
Many counties in Kentucky saw water rising into homes and covering roads. The governor reports that more than 75 highways have been closed due to rising waters, mostly in eastern Kentucky. At least seven landslides were also reported.
More than 1,500 customers in Pike and Floyd counties lost power as a result.
The following counties have declared local states of emergency: Casey, Clay, Floyd, Madison, Owsley, Pike and Taylor.
The governor says many other counties have been impacted in some way, including Adair, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Graves, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Lee, Marshall, Mason, Monroe, Nicholas, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Simpson. .
On Sunday evening, the Todd County Emergency Management FB page reports that the NWS confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down near Snardon Mill Road “approximately five miles through Logan County.”