47th Anniversary Of Destructive Tornado In Russell Co.

Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 18:15:02-04

Russell County, Ky (LEX 18) Forty-Seven years ago today, an F-4 tornado ripped through parts of southern Kentucky. LEX 18 spoke with residents of Russell County who remember the destruction. 

Friday afternoon, Cynthia Record and her mom looked through pictures at their store in Russell Springs.

"Some days it doesn’t bother you, but some days, yes it does. I’ve never lost my parents yet, but I assume it’s just like that," said Record. Two of her grandparents were killed in the tornado.

She was in the seventh grade when it happened. She lived across the street from her grandparents on the same farm. Record recalled being with her mom during the storm. She was with her mom when her bed was pulled right out from underneath them. 

"They come to find out we were laying in a pond that was behind our house. I was in water up above my knees," she said. 

The destruction continued through Salem into Pulaski County, damaging many homes and injuring more than 70 people. 

"One of my favorite things was riding on the tractor with my grandpa. That was probably one of my favorite things that we did together," she said.

Record told LEX 18 that on April 27, they’ll often go to the graveyard to see her grandparents’ graves.