Weather service confirms tornado in southeastern Kentucky; storms damage homes in Lexington


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LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Weather officials say a tornado touched down in southeastern Kentucky but caused little damage.

An EF-1 tornado carrying winds of around 75 mph touched down in southern Leslie County for a minute or so Sunday, forecaster Tony Edwards of the National Weather Service office in Jackson told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1uBbXOw ).

There was some damage to trees, but no other harm was reported.

Earlier Monday, officials said there didn't appear to be any touchdowns in the state.

In Lexington, storms damaged more than a dozen homes. Trees and fences were brought down, and power was cut to about 26,000 homes and businesses in central Kentucky. No injuries were reported.

Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said crews responded to more than 50 storm-related calls in about five hours.

Kentucky Utilities said on Monday that crews had restored power to all but a few hundred customers. Meanwhile, residents in affected areas were cleaning up.

Resident Charlotte Yaden sat on her front porch after the storm trying to comfort her dog.

"It didn't sound like a locomotive or a train," Yaden said of Sunday's storm. "It was all over in less than a minute."

Edwards said in addition to the high winds, some areas of southern Kentucky got softball-sized hail.

"I'm not aware of any significant damage from the hail, but if you get hail that size, it's going to cause some," he said. "But the worst damage I'm aware of was what happened in Lexington."


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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