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January 31, 2013

Small tornado hits Ferguson

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It was along that route that the twister’s winds brought a large tree down into an outbuilding. 
As of Wednesday afternoon, it was unknown exactly where the tornado’s path ended, but downed trees and some structural damage suggests the tornado at least hit the intersection of Ky. 3057 and Murphy Avenue. 
Several large trees were downed just northeast of the Ky. 3057-Murphy Avenue intersection on Gover Lane, and one building had some roof damage as well. 
Other parts of the county reported downed trees after the strong cold front swept through and heavy rains drenched the area.
“It was mostly wind and trees down,” said Tiger Robinson, public safety officer for Pulaski County. He said trees were reported down in Goochtown, Nancy and along Ky. 192. Workers with the Kentucky Department of Transportation worked to clear downed trees near the intersection of Ky. 192 and Cherry Grove Road Wednesday morning, which halted traffic there for a bit. 
Joy Bullock, corporate communications coordinator for South Kentucky RECC, said about 2,300 co-op members in Pulaski, McCreary, Russell and Wayne counties were without power early yesterday. She said power poles were pushed down and tree limbs fell on lines. 
No report was available from Kentucky Utilities.
The National Weather Service predicted wind gusts above 60 mph in other areas of the county besides Ferguson. 
Applicable is an oft-spoken idiom, “If you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, wait a minute, it will change.” The change from about 48 hours of springlike weather to the bitter cold of winter is happening.
By the time you read this, the temperature will have fallen about 40 degrees, from a high Tuesday in the upper 60s to a low this morning in the upper 20s.
The absence of snow this winter in the Lake Cumberland area may take a turn tonight. A disturbance with a 70 percent chance of snow will follow breezy cold today, but only a skift, if anything, is expected, according to the NWS. 

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