The official storm survey report from Wednesday morning’s severe weather is now available and shows two tornadoes and three microbursts did damage in Christian County.
The highest winds were associated with an EF2 tornado packing 120 mph winds that touched down three miles southwest of Herndon and stayed on the ground for about two miles. The twister had an average width of 150 yards and its initial impact was felt around 1:43am Wednesday.
Christian County native and Warning Meteorologist Rick Shanklin said some of the damage to homes in the KY 117 area was done by the tornado.
Less than 48 hours after Christian County was impacted by tornadoes and damaging winds, snow was the story last night.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued late in the afternoon and snow arrived right on schedule between 7 and 8 o’clock across the southern Pennyrile.
Some areas received about an inch of snow, while others recorded just a dusting at most.
Even with little advanced warning, the highway departments in Kentucky and Tennessee spent the afternoon pre-treating roads, though motorists are urged to keep it slow this morning and to allow extra time. A dispatcher at the ECC described the roads as “slick in spots” and said there were a few accidents reported at the onset of the snow, but none overnight. She says motorists should use caution and slow it down on their morning commute.
The snow was associated with a cold front that swept in from the northwest and caused the temperature to plummet by about 10 to 15 degrees in less than an hour.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Officer Paul Ray with the Hopkinsville Police Department was the guest speaker for this week’s local Kiwanis Club meeting.
Officer Ray spoke about Crime Stoppers, a national non-profit organization that assists law enforcement agencies capture criminal by offering rewards to anonymous tipsters.
All photos from north Todd County and courtesy of Todd Co. Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley
Kentucky State Police is encouraging Super Bowl fans to enjoy the game, but to make smart choices where alcohol is involved.
KSP is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign called Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk by increasing patrols before, during and after the big game.
Trooper Michael Webb reminds residents that before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver and to avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our roads can safely arrive home.
Trooper Webb added that drunk driving is always preventable, and that life is too precious to be lost in a senseless tragedy that causes indescribable hardship.
KSP recently partnered with the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers©, a multi-state program that promotes the use of sober drivers during celebrations such as the Super Bowl.
The HERO Campaign was inspired by U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Ensign John Elliott, who was killed in a collision caused by a drunk driver.