Scott County

Tornado touched down in Scott County, weather service says

A small tornado touched down in rural Scott County during Tuesday afternoon's storms, the National Weather Service said.

Ron Steve, a forecaster with the weather service in Louisville, said officials confirmed that the twister struck along Soards Road at about 12:12 p.m. Tuesday.

The storm was on the ground less than a minute and traveled less than half a mile. But it destroyed two barns, damaged a third and downed or uprooted several trees, Steve said.

The weather service rated the tornado as an EF-1, with winds of up to 90 mph. It was probably about 75 yards wide, weather officials said.

In-line winds of about 60 mph ripped the roof off a community center in Georgetown at about the same time Tuesday, according to the weather service. Similar winds also heavily damaged a self-storage warehouse at the intersection of U.S. 421 and U.S. 60 in Frankfort.