Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Weak Tornado Touches Down in Western Kentucky Town
CALVERT CITY, KY -- The severe weather left its mark on parts of western Kentucky Thursday night. Calvert City saw the worst of the damage. The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado touched down packing winds of around 85 miles per hour.
A couple businesses sustained damage and several trees were toppled. The tornado wasn't very wide and it wasn't on the ground very long. But, even a brief touchdown can cause destruction.
"The debris spread from there on across the highway beside our fire station on out into the field," said Calvert City Fire Chief Fred Ross. "The debris was about a half a mile long."
Ross was one of the first on the scene and says it could have been a more dangerous situation had the storm hit sooner when people were out and about for Halloween.
"We did our Halloween here last night, then we heard about the storms coming in and so everybody kind of was aware of what was happening and when we got the call, we responded," explained Ross.
The first call from dispatch was about a roof that was torn off of a strip mall near Highway 62. That roof was scattered along the path of the tornado.
"It was going up pretty high, but I was just hoping no one was hurt," said storm spotter Regina Kirk.
Kirk was sitting in a parking lot just south of the tornado and says she knew that the situation was serious when she saw the metal roof get peeled back exposing the inside of the building.
"I didn't actually see the circulation in the clouds, but when I heard it was a warning, I knew it could have circulation but I didn't see it touch down," explained Kirk.
Friday, insurance adjusters and construction crews were busy looking into fixing the roof of the strip mall. One of the businesses in the building was a Curves fitness, and owners say neighboring gyms are already offering to help their customers until they reopen.
Wind: 3 MPH
Humidity: 63 %