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NWS Confirms Tornado Strike in Southern Warren County

Credit Lisa Autry

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Warren County early Tuesday morning.  

Based on preliminary damage surveys, the tornado was an EF-2 with peak winds of 115 miles per hour.  Marty Morgan lives on Alvaton-Scottsville Road and was awake just after midnight when the storm hit.

“It was the old proverbial 'It sounded like a freight train,' or more than one freight train," Morgan told WKU Public Radio.  I really thought the house was getting ready to go. I’ve never heard my house make sounds like that.”

Morgan had several uprooted trees, one of which fell on his garage, but his property fared much better than his neighbor’s.  Wayne Mann stood on his front porch in disbelief at his yard and home. 

“Broken windows, cracks in the walls. The ceiling’s cracked," he explained. "It’s a lot of glass breakage and car damage.”

All of the windows on the front side of Mann's house were shattered and the front door was blown off its hinges. Pieces of glass and other debris covered the family's living room floor.

Next door to Mann, Terry Holdcraft sat in his yard as his wife was inside on the phone with their insurance company.  Tree limbs were strewn across the yard, blocking the entrance to the home and three vehicles in the driveway were smashed by uprooted trees.

Behind Alvaton-Scottsville Road, at least two homes were damaged on Marblegate Circle in the Cobblestone subdivision. 

The tornado was part of a series of storms rolling through the region that produced deadly tornados in Tennessee. There are no reports of injuries in Warren County.

Warren Rural Electric Cooperative reported 4,500 power outages at the height of the storm.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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