Storm damage reported in at least 13 Western and Northern Kentucky counties

jwarren@herald-leader.comNovember 18, 2013 

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The National Weather Service and state and local disaster teams found damage Monday in 13 Kentucky counties after severe storms Sunday that included tornadoes in the western part of the state.

The worst damage was in Western and Northern Kentucky, but no injuries or deaths were reported in the state.

One of the twisters narrowly missed the National Weather Service office in Paducah, said Mike Callahan, a hydrologist with the weather service office in Louisville. The building wasn't damaged.

A tornado touched down near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, damaging four buildings, nearby cooling towers and electrical equipment. The plant, which produced enriched uranium for 60 years, closed this year. Only inventory work was going on at the facility when the storms hit, according to a statement from U.S. Enrichment Corp., the private company that operates the plant. Monitoring of the plant showed no releases of hazardous materials.

On Monday, the weather service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Butler County, damaging homes and snapping trees along a path near Huntsville.

Additionally, Interstate 69 remained closed at mile marker 80 in Caldwell County on Monday afternoon because of downed power lines. Kentucky Transportation officials said the closure could continue through the evening.

Although most of the state was under a tornado watch Sunday, heavy storms bypassed most of Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Here is a list of damage compiled by local emergency management officials, the weather service and Kentucky Emergency Management:

■ Ballard County: Barn damaged and trees down.

■ Boone County: Water over roadways and tree damage to a residence in the Win gate area.

■ Butler County: Three homes damaged with one destroyed. Local Red Cross deployed.

■ Calloway County: Multiple trees and power lines down, multiple small structures (sheds, etc.) damaged.

■ Campbell County: One business in Newport damaged and some trees and power lines down.

■ Henderson County: Fewer than 300 customers without power in Corydon, minor damage throughout and one home destroyed.

■ Hopkins County: Numerous trees down, homes with minor damage.

■ Kenton County: Trees and power lines down and one report of a tree that hit the front porch of a residence.

■ Livingston County: State of emergency declared; 15 homes damaged and five destroyed.

■ Lyon County: Multiple trees and power lines down, small structures damaged.

■ McCracken County: Eight homes damaged, one church heavily damaged.

■ Muhlenberg County: Two homes with major damage, six with minor damage. Two mobile homes with major damage and one with minor damage. Numerous outbuildings and barns destroyed. Isolated damage to roofs. Numerous trees down. Power out to 3,000 customers but restored Monday.

■ Union County: Eleven homes damaged, one destroyed and another received extensive damage.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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