6 tornadoes touched down in Ky. Thursday

Published 11:45 am Monday, January 16, 2023

While none of them caused the level of death and destruction that was seen during the outbreak that occurred in the South, the National Weather Service has confirmed that six tornadoes touched down in Kentucky on Thursday, five of which were rated as EF-1.

The first one took place shortly after 2:00 a.m. CST and struck Ballard and McCracken counties, before crossing the Ohio River into Illinois. The NWS office in Paducah says it touched down near Monkeys Eyebrow and had top winds of 95 miles per hour. During its seven minutes on the ground, it had a 6.7-mile-long path and was 200 yards wide.

That was followed by four more in central Kentucky around six hours later, according to the Louisville weather office.

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At 8:47 a.m. EST one touched down west of Pleasureville in Henry County.  Although it touched down for two minutes, with a path that was only 1.27 miles long and with a maximum width of 100 yards, winds reached an estimated 110 mph.

The next was at 9:00 a.m. EST just west of Harrodsburg in Mercer County, also lasting two minutes. Its top winds were 100 mph, along a path that was 2.25 miles long and a maximum 75 yards wide.

At 9:10 a.m. EST another tornado touched down for only a minute at Danville in Boyle County. Its path was 0.84 miles long and 125 yards wide, with top winds of 95 mph.

The next one occurred in Madison County, also an EF-1, but the survey team was still at work late Friday afternoon, so no other information is currently available.

The sixth and final twister occurred two miles northwest of Williamstown in Grant County. The NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, which covers northern Kentucky, says it touched down at 9:23 and was only on the ground for a minute. It carved a path that was 0.3 miles long and 50 yards wide, with a maximum wind of 85 mph, making it the only EF-0 of the group.

There were no injuries or deaths in Kentucky, and damage was reported primarily to trees, powerlines, roofs and barns, although some homes experienced gutter damage.

Compare this to the outbreak in Alabama and Georgia, where at least nine people were killed and rescuers continue the search for survivors.