A tornado that damaged 15 to 20 homes and injured a woman in Paris was one of six that lashed Kentucky on Tuesday as a line of strong storms rolled through, the National Weather Service office in Louisville said Wednesday.
A woman was sucked out of a house in Paris and landed in her driveway, suffering a wound that required several stitches, according to the weather service. City Manager John Plummer told the Herald-Leader he had spoken to the woman, and she was OK.
The Paris twister and four others — two in Bath County, and one each in Scott and Harrison counties — were designated EF-1, which is next to weakest on the scale and indicates winds were 85 to 110 mph. The remaining tornado was a weaker EF-0, near New Columbus in Owen County.
The Scott County tornado touched down in a field northeast of Stamping Ground. It blew down trees and significantly damaged at least two homes, authorities said. It had winds as high as 105 mph, officials said.
In Paris, authorities closed part of Vine Street, where much of the damage in the city occurred, allowing only residents to enter the neighborhood on a limited basis as cleanup continued. Access was being limited because of concerns about looting.
Plummer said roofs were ripped from at least two houses on Vine Street. A number of other roofs were damaged by falling trees; trees also fell on some cars, he said. Some homes lost gutters.
"I would say most of the houses can be saved; I'm not sure about the two that had their roofs blown off," Plummer said.
Vine Street initially ws evacuated because of fears about gas leaking from damaged houses. But Plummer said later Wednesday that authorities were letting people return to their homes along the end of Vine Street where there was little or no damage.
"The other part of the street is still blocked off, and residents can come in to pick up medicine or things they need," Plummer said. "But they can't stay there at this point."
He said he wasn't sure when access to the street would be fully restored.
There are about 70 homes on Vine Street, Plummer said.
Electrical power, which was knocked out by the storm, had been restored in most areas of Paris by about noon Wednesday.
"It could have been a lot worse than it is," Plummer said.
Paris apparently suffered the most significant damage, but other areas reported problems as well, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. Those areas included:
■ Scott County, where four homes had minor damage and two had major damage, much of that in or near Stamping Ground. Power outages were reported in Georgetown.
■ Harrison County, where some barns and outbuildings had minor damage.
■ Owen County, where roofs were blown off as many as 10 homes in or near New Columbia.
The storm knocked out power in several Central Kentucky areas Tuesday night, with about 4,000 customers in the dark at the peak of the problem. About 3,000 of those customers were in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said.
Service had been restored in most areas by late Wednesday morning, when about 1,000 customers remained without power. Most of them were in Rockcastle County, Feltham said.
Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby said the storm knocked down trees on many county roads, but crews managed to reopen them to traffic by about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cleaning up and removing all the limbs could keep Scott County road crews busy for the rest of the week, Lusby said.