Skip to comments.Tornadoes strongest to hit eastern Ky. in 24 years (19 dead)
Posted on 03/04/2012 9:32:32 AM PST by dragnet2
EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (AP) In small Kentucky towns, residents told survival stories and talked about their friends and family members who were killed in the most powerful tornadoes to hit the eastern part of the state in nearly a quarter-century. In all, 19 people died.
Some towns were all but wiped out after at least four tornadoes three with wind speeds up to 160 mph hopscotched around the state Friday. As residents looked through the debris and rescue crews searched obliterated homes, stories of how some stayed safe emerged.
Tracy Pitman said she was at home with her husband and 4-year-old grandson when a tornado with winds of up to 130 mph sped through.
"I grabbed my baby and I said, 'Baby, lay down,' and I got on top of him and my husband got on top of me and it was already happening, just flipping us over and over and over," said Pitman, of East Bernstadt, a small town 70 miles south of Lexington.
Her in-laws in the mobile home next door were killed. All that remained of their home was cinder blocks.
Nearby, Carol Rhodes clutched four VHS tapes to her chest and sobbed as she talked about her neighbors, Debbie and Sherman Wayne Allen, who were also killed.
"They were the best neighbors," Rhodes said. "You couldn't ask for no better."
Rhodes said she and her husband, mother, daughter and grandchild hid from the storm in their basement.
"It was like, 'Whoo!' That was it," Rhodes said. "Honey, I felt the wind and I said, 'Oh, my God,' and then (the house) was gone. I looked up and I could see the sky."
Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson toured the hardest-hit areas of the state Saturday.
During a visit to Kenton County in northern Kentucky, Beshear took a call from President Barack Obama. The Democratic governor told Obama the state had been the target of storms twice this week.
Beshear said he plans to ask for federal disaster assistance for both storms.
They were showing pics of some of the towns some of which were just wiped out.
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Mobile home communities seem to act like tornado magnets.
If I lived in a tornado prone area, I'd avoid mobile homes like the plague.
How about the Families of the Soldiers killed because we burned Obama’s Holy Book? Did he call them or was Fluke so distraught because that mean old Rush Limbaugh made fun of her that she had priority over the Military?
“Tornadoes strongest to hit eastern Ky. in 24 years (19 dead)”
Translation-1: Tornados in Kentucky have occurred some 24 years ago, and some years before that and some years before that, with a strength equal to the latest ones there.
Translation-2: Tornados in Kentucky of equal strength to the latest though rare are not freaks-of-nature and do occur from time to time.
Translation-3: It’s not man-made global warming.
AFAIK no word of sympathy for the suffering from the WH. I hope voters are paying attention.
Per Gov. Daniels (R-IN) President and Sec. Napolitano called on Saturday offering help. Sorry can’t blame him for this one.
It seems like that — but, the more likely explanation is that mobile homes are more likely to be destroyed, and thus make the news.
Tie downs (e.g. hurricane straps) would probably help a lot — especially where there is no proper foundation, or the home is not already properly anchored.
BTW, a lot of “mobile homes” are not really mobile. Modern “manufactured homes” have thicker walls, etc. and are not usually moved, after delivery. Double-wides are better than the traditional long and narrow style. They present a lot less surface area to the wind.
My condolences to anyone who has suffered a loss in this (or similar) event.
Tornado death toll climbs to 33 as search for victims begins
“Tornado death toll climbs to 33 as search for victims begins”
Our prayers are with the victims, and not with those attempting to portray the recent tornados as an abberation, as something unnatural, as something that has not occurred in the area before, as something trying to draw attention to the question - is the weather screwed up for some reason of which we, humans, are the cause. No. Its just bad weather; period.
The article never mentioned that or suggested it, nor did the link in #10. It seems you're the only one here who has repeatedly brought that up and implied this was being alleged.