EF1 tornado hits Stamping Ground mobile home park

Tornado damage
Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 06, 2021

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A EF1 tornado, with 95 mph winds, hit Stamping Ground Parker’s Mobile Home Park, confirmed by John Gordon of NWS Louisville.

Stamping Ground fire officials confirm that two mobile homes overturned overnight into Monday morning. Emergency management officials say 14 of the 34 homes in the park cannot be occupied at this time. Several of them were already vacant structures.

Residents said there was no tornado warning before the storm hit. Gordon confirmed that a special weather statement was issued for 50-55 mph winds, but the tornado was unexpected.

"This storm went across our area and did nothing," Gordon said. "Didn't do anything east of here either. We are going to look at this and we'll be glad to do an update in a month."

The Georgetown Fire Department says 10 of the 34 trailers were condemned to protect the homeowners. Around half of the properties had major structural damage and the other half had been moved from their foundations.

Georgetown/ Scott County Emergency Management said one person is in the ICU at UK Hospital in serious condition with a neck injury after the tornado. Two other people have minor injuries.

The National Weather Service said trailers were lifted off their foundation, flipped over, or turned in a different direction. Insulation and metal siding from the trailers were thrown up into the trees and deck pieces were thrown and impaled into the ground.

Officials say some trees were twisted and snapped and numerous air conditioner units were thrown several feet. Outbuildings were picked up and thrown upwind with insulation on both sides of the buildings.

The American Red Cross says while they will not establish a shelter for tornado victims as there are not enough people that have come to them to warrant establishing one. So far, the Red Cross has opened a few locations to do casework and help those impacted with financial assistance.

Power has been restored to all City of Stamping Ground customers. In the mobile home park, all homes that could be restored are on. Condemned homes are still disconnected pending repairs to structures.

Officials announced all students in Scott County would have a NTI day Monday because of the reported storm damage in the county. This will be their first NTI day of the year.

Gordon also surveyed damage off Duvall Station Road. There, he said straight-line winds reached 80 mph. No injuries were reported in the area.

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