Tornado warnings, storm damage, power outages reported across central Kentucky

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 23:50:04-05

(LEX 18) — Parts of central Kentucky reported damage from severe storms after many counties were put under a tornado warning Thursday morning.

Mercer County appears to have received some of the worst damage from this morning's storms.

A preliminary EF1 100 mph tornado was confirmed in West Harrodsburg. A survey is still in progress.

The National Weather Service has also confirmed EF1 tornado damage in Boyle County with max winds of at least 90 miles per hour.

A tornado also touched down south of Dry Ridge in Grant County, according to the National Weather Service.

A small earthquake was also detected in Mercer County. A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was confirmed near Burgin.

The YMCA in downtown Harrodsburg had some damage to its roof, but the YMCA is back open and no one was hurt despite the roof damage.

Harrodsburg Police Department posted on Facebook, saying their phone lines are back up and KU has been notified of the loss of power. Most intersections have no powered stoplights so officers are directing traffic.

Madison County also reported some storm damage.

Heavy rain continues in Lexington but there is no major damages or accidents to report at this time.

Gov. Beshear says there are no injuries to report so far.

LEX 18 had team coverage of the tornado warnings and severe storms Thursday morning.