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7 tornadoes confirmed after New Year’s Day storms in Kentucky

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After a deadly tornado struck Kentucky state last year, over 7 tornados have been confirmed after New Year’s Day storms in Kentucky.

The National Weather Service has confirmed tornado damage in multiple Kentucky counties after more severe storms passed through the state Saturday. Hopkinsville in Christian County suffered damage after an EF-2 tornado with 115-mile-per-hour winds hit the area, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah. The tornado was about 125 yards wide. Taylor County suffered EF-1 damage with winds reaching maximum speeds between 105 and 110 miles per hour. There was EF-1 damage in Madison and Barren counties, according to the National Weather Service. There were wind speeds estimated at 90 miles per hour in Madison County and 95 miles per hour in Barren County. There was also EF-1 tornado damage in Marion County, as well as Todd and Logan counties from one tornado which started in Todd County and ended in Logan County, according to the National Weather Service. There was tornado damage on the South side of Bowling Green in Warren County with maximum wind speeds of 85 miles per hour and straight-line wind damage of 75 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. The Bowling Green tornado was categorized as an EF-0 tornado, according to preliminary surveys.

More damage surveys were going to be conducted Monday, so the number of confirmed tornadoes could increase, according to Kentucky Emergency Management. “We are urging Kentuckians in impacted areas to please stay off the roads as much as possible tonight,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement Sunday. “Cold temperatures and the possibility of snowfall, combined with wet roads and standing water, are expected to create even more hazardous road conditions.” Thirty-one counties were impacted by the storms, according to the governor’s office. That included Pike County, where 1,190 power outages were reported. Another 342 outages were reported in Floyd County. Local disaster declarations were in effect in Casey, Clay, Floyd, Madison, Owsley, Pike and Taylor counties. At least seven landslides have been reported, as well as washouts, according to the state. There were more than 75 road closures Saturday, mainly in Eastern Kentucky due to flooding. Two-thirds of those roads were still closed Sunday afternoon. No deaths or injuries had been confirmed as of Sunday afternoon, according to Beshear’s office.

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