By Rhonda Smyt, CV&T News Editor Estill County residents were all aware of the dark skies and heavy rains that hit on Friday about 4 p.m. But nobody was more aware than the residents in the Murphy’s Ford and Sang Branch area.
Estill Emergency Management Director Fred Rogers said the National Weather Service has confirmed that there was an E F-1 tornado to touch down Friday.
“We got the first call at about 4:16 p.m. Friday,” Rogers said. “There was damage from Sang Branch to Barnes Mountain.”
Rogers said there were reports of trees down, roofs blown off and in one case a mobile home turned over.
“Tracy Jenkins reported the roof blew off his barn, there were trees down on Red Lick and a metal barn was blown down on Kissy Branch,” Rogers said.
A National Weather Service storm survey team investigated the storm damage and according to their website reported that the tornado touched down near Sang Branch and had an intermittent path of about 3.75 miles in length. The reported that it lifted in the vicinity of Wagersville just east of Station Camp Creek and west of Kentucky Highway 89 at about 3:47 p.m.
The funnel cloud had estimated wind speeds of 95 miles per hour and left a path 200 yards wide.
There were no injuries or fatalites as a result of the storm.