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EF-2 Tornado Confirmed In Christian County, Kentucky

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EF-2 Tornado Confirmed In Christian County, Kentucky

CREATED May 15, 2014

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Tenn. – The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down Wednesday evening in Christian County, Kentucky.

Damage was reported across portions of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky after a strong line of storms moved through the area Wednesday ahead of a cold front.

The storm that prompted the tornado warning in Christian County was reported about five miles northeast of Hopkinsville. The wind speed of the storm was estimated to be 125 miles-per-hour.

The Kirkman family, of Hopkinsville, received damage on their property as a result of the storm. Strong winds blew the roof off of their pool house, and nearly knocked down the building.

"We were almost down the stairs when this two-by-four just came through the wall,” said Doug Kirkman. "We were almost down to that landing when that board came through, and he said, ‘what was that’ and I said, 'go, go, go.'"

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The father and son made it safely down into the basement just as the wind started tearing up their property. Besides the pool house, the storm also tore down the aluminum pillars on the back porch.

Several power outages were also reported throughout the area. A crew from Pennyrile Electric came out and removed a tarp from some of the power lines.

The electricity was restored after a short time.

Damage was also reported on Greenville Road, just outside of Hopkinsville. The Goode family lost a hay barn and suffered damage to their home.

The main threat from the storm system was damaging winds and hail. Several reports of wind damage were also confirmed in portions of Wilson County, near Lebanon.

Following the system, cooler air moved through the Middle Tennessee area. High temperatures for the rest of the week will only reach the mid to upper 60s. Morning temperatures could drop as low as 40 degrees in some areas.