Where did Kentucky tornadoes hit? See damage by county

Storms and tornadoes on Dec. 10 and 11 left widespread damage across Western Kentucky, including collapsed buildings, downed trees and extensive power outages.

Gov. Andy Beshear has confirmed 74 deaths from the storms, and that number is expected to rise, potentially making the tornadoes the deadliest in state history.

Four tornadoes touched down over the course of several hours, Beshear said, with most destruction coming from one tornado that traveled more than 220 miles from Arkansas through Kentucky.

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Here’s a look at the damage by county.

This post will be updated as information is available.


The worst of the tornadoes reportedly ended in Breckinridge County, where residents posted photos of debris and damaged trees.

The National Weather Service reported EF-1 tornado damage on the edge of Breckenridge and Grayson counties, near Falls of the Rough.

The storm left extensive tree damage in several areas and tore apart a boat facility near Falls of Rough Road, but it spared Rough River Dam Resort State Park, the agency reported.


Deaths reported: 4

Trees were uprooted, houses were damaged and residents were injured from falling debris from Friday’s tornado, according to the Paducah Sun.

At least four people in the county have died, a coroner told WKDZ.

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Despite being located next to devastated areas, Calloway County “received minimal reported damage,” according to Calloway County Fire-Rescue.


Deaths reported: 1

Beshear said one person on their way to work was “pushed off the road” and died during the storm in Franklin County, home to the state capital.


Deaths reported: 1

At least one person in Fulton County has died from the tornado, according to the county coroner.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado of EF-3 or greater traveling through Cayce, an unincorporated community of less than 100.

Photos from Cayce show damaged homes, businesses and public buildings, including a fire station and school.


Deaths reported: At least 21

Damaged landmarks, businesses or government buildings:

Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory

Graves County Courthouse

►Mayfield water tower

Mayfield in Graves County has reported some of the worst damage, including at a candle factory where eight people died when the roof collapsed.

The National Weather Service has preliminarily classified the tornado that swept through Graves and other counties as an EF-3. That rating could change.

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Buildings citywide have been flattened, water has been cut off and many are facing power outages.

“This is probably the toughest day of my life right here,” Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry said during a 10 a.m. press conference Saturday.

“Right now at Mayfield High School, there’s 50 people waiting to go somewhere. They have nowhere to go.”

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The National Weather Service reported an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds in Horse Cave and an EF-2 tornado with 115 mph winds in Hardyville.

Many buildings around Horse Cave received major roof damage, and the second stories were removed from many homes, the agency reported.


Several structures ha
ve been destroyed or severely damaged, according to a Facebook post from Hickman County Emergency Management.

The agency has established a shelter at First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Washington St., Clinton.

On Saturday, a local electric company reported 22 outage locations affecting more than 4,500 homes and businesses.

“Members served by the Clinton substation should be prepared for a lengthy outage,” Gibson Electric Membership Corporation said in a Facebook post.


Deaths reported: At least 17

A train was derailed and at least one mobile home was flattened in Hopkins County, according to 44 News in Evansville, Indiana.

Beshear added “a good portion” of Dawson Springs, home to about 3,000, is gone. Photos on social media of the area show fields of debris.

The National Weather Service reported the tornado that struck Mayfield also passed through Mortons Gap, about 18 miles from Dawson Springs.

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Jimmy Pollard, a spokesman for the Kentucky Coroners Association, said a group of 15 coroners and deputy coroners have set up a staging area in Madisonville, northeast of Dawson Springs, where they will operate as a mass fatality team.


The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado with at least EF-2 damage and estimated wind speeds of 125 mph in the Chandler’s Chapter area. A survey is ongoing.


Deaths reported: 1

“Major damage” was reported in Lyon County, where roads were blocked by debris and power lines were down Saturday, though all roads were open by mid-morning.

Judge Executive Wade White, in Facebook videos, said several people were transported to the hospital, while others sought shelter at the Lyon County convention center.

Officials are asking for supplies and gift cards to be dropped off at the county courthouse, 500 W. Dale Ave., Eddyville.


The Madison County Emergency Management Agency has reported multiple power lines down, road closures and flooding, according to a Facebook post.


Deaths reported: 1

Wade Boggs, director of Marshall County Emergency Management, said the area has experienced “widespread damage” and “devastation.”

The hardest hit was Cambridge Shores, a predominantly vacation home community on Kentucky Lake, Boggs said.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado of at least EF-3 passing through Benton and across the Land Between the Lakes.


Deaths reported: At least 11

Officials in Muhlenberg County have confirmed at least 11 fatalities from the tornado in Bremen, a city of less than 400, according to WFIE in Evansville.

In an interview, Judge-Executive Curtis McGhee told the station at least 15 more people had been injured, and emergency responders were still searching damaged homes.

McGhee said when he surveyed damage this morning, he saw “a lot of homes knocked off their foundations, cars turned upside down, appliances and lawn mowers in the highway.”

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“I did see, from a positive perspective, a lot of great people came out last night in the rain right after the storm to work together to get the roads clear, where we could start searching homes, trying to assist as many people as possible,” he said. “(We had) farmers bringing out farm equipment to help clear the highways. Our community really rallied together to do all they could to assist their neighbors.”

A tornado was reported in Muhlenberg County around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

One user on Twitter shared video of a tornado on the border of Muhlenberg and McLean counties.


The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-3 strength tornado with winds of at least 140 mph struck the county near Hartford, Beaver Dam and Rough River.

The agency also preliminarily confirmed a tornado of EF-2 strength north of Olaton.

Social media users reported severe damage, and a local power company said nearly 900 members were still without power Sunday morning.


Shelby County Emergency Services reported “no substantial damage reports,” though there was flooding in the area, according to a Facebook post.


The National Weather Service reported an EF-1 tornado with 95 mph winds in western Spencer County.

The storm knocked over a few silos and caused a barn to collapse, the agency reported.


Deaths reported: 1

At least one person has died in Taylor County following the storms, with the National Weather Service reporting an EF-3 tornado in Saloma.

Several mobile homes were completely destroyed, and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted, the agency reported. Drone footage showed the damage path to be nearly a quarter mile wide.

Courier Journal reporter Krista Johnson traveled to Taylor County on Saturday, where she found several homes in rubble.

“It took the top half of the house off, then turned around and took off the floor,” Anthony Parker told her of the tornado.

Parker said his wife was temporarily pinned under a staircase during the storm and now has 16 stitches in her arm, along with several other minor injuries.


Deaths reported: 15

Damaged landmarks, businesses or government buildings:

►TMS Automotive

►Corvette Plant

Officials reported “a great deal of devastation and destruction” throughout Warren County and its largest city, Bowling Green.

A National Weather Service survey found hundreds of homes with significant damage, power line poles snapped across the county and dozens of cars “flipped, twisted, turned and thrown into homes.”

In a press conference Saturday morning, Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said he has never seen such destruction in his career.

“This will be the worst that I’ve seen. Not destruction in dollars, but destruction in homes and lives,” he said.

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On Saturday, Bowling Green Police Chief Michael Delaney said power lines were down countywide, buildings were still collapsing and some had reported gas leaks. He and others asked residents to stay off the roads unless necessary until emergency responders can clear the area.

“I know everyone wants to help, I know everybody wants to do something,” Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott said. “… Right now, what we need most from you is your prayers, your thoughts, for you to stay home and you to stay tuned.”

Joe Sonka, Olivia Krauth and Morgan Watkins contributed to this report.

Reach reporter Bailey Loosemore at [email protected], 502-582-4646 or on Twitter @bloosemore.

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