Edmonson County Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty, along with the National Weather Service, WKU, and Meteorologist Landon Hampton have completed their damage assessment of last night's storm and have confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in the Grassland area during the event.
The damage area of the tornado was limited to a 1/8 mile square and wind speeds were estimated at 110-115mph. Prunty wanted to recognize several folks for their help. "Thanks to Bear Creek and Kyrock Fire Departments along with the Edmonson County Road Dept," he said. "These folks worked past 1:00am clearing debris to open the roadways." He also noted that use of a drone to assess the damage area was a first for our area.
Landon Hampton of WxOrNotBG.com noted that John Gordon, Meteorologist in Charge at NWS in Louisville headed up the survey team along with himself and two WKU students who contribute to Hampton's weather site. "We conducted a storm survey to determine strength, width, and length of the tornado," he said. "It was determined that an EF2 with estimated winds of 111-115mph took place."
Other areas of the county sustained damage with reports of downed barns and more downed trees.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Photos courtesy of Pat Prunty, Sarah Appleby, Jhon Hunt
Drone photos courtesy of Landon Hampton, WxOrNotBG.com (@WxOrNotBG on twitter)