Tornadoes touch down in several counties; at least 18 dead
Some who have lived here for their whole lives say theyâ€™ve never seen anything like it. The severe storms and tornadoes ravaged communities in Morgan, Magoffin and Johnson counties, to name just a few. Reports coming in from around the state have put the official death toll of Friday's storms at 18 as of now, with five dead in Laurel County, four dead in Morgan County, three in Kenton County, and two each in Johnson, Lawrence and Menifee counties. At least 300 people were left injured after the thirteen tornadoes that have been confirmed to have touched down swept across the region.
In Salyersville, the strip of businesses at the junction of Route 114 and the Mountain Parkway was particularly hard-hit, with many of those buildings no longer standing. Subway, Advance Auto Parts and several gas stations were completely destroyed by the storm, and many more were extremely damaged. Numerous homes were also demolished or damaged.
Reports indicate Morgan County may be the hardest hit in terms of physical damage, with much of West Liberty's downtown razed to the ground.
Some members of the Floyd County Rescue Squad were injured Friday night as they were trying to lend help to Morgan County. While a rescue squad vehicle was traveling in Magoffin County, its crew encountered the storm system passing through the area. Reports say the wind blew a tree and a utility pole at the truck, sending the truck some 175 yards. Those in the vehicle sustained some cuts and bruising while one member suffered broken ribs.