Start:  3 miles south of McKinney at 4:34pm EST
End:  Near Halls Gap at 4:48pm EST
Fujita Scale:  F2
Path Length:  8 and a half miles (skipping)
Path Width:  200 yards
Injuries:  one minor injury

Severe thunderstorms moved into Lincoln County on the afternoon of January 2, 2006.  A tornado touched down about three miles south of McKinney at 4:34pm EST.  Several mobile homes and other small structures were damaged or destroyed.  Eye-witnesses described the tornado as it touched down.  The tornado then skipped northeast for eight and a half miles to about Halls Gap just east of US 27 south of Stanford around 4:48pm EST.

At one location 2x6 boards were found firmly embedded in the ground.  One injury requiring hospitalization was reported when a barn collapsed on a man.

If you have information or pictures of this storm, please give us a call at 502-969-8842 or e-mail us at .

Lincoln County

Halls Gap, Kentucky

The following photographs were taken by the Civilian Air Patrol:

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The Lincoln County Emergency Manager sent us the following photographs of the Lincoln County tornado and its after-effects:

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The following photographs were taken by an official National Weather Service Storm Survey Team in Lincoln County after the tornado of January 2, 2006:

Clock stopped at the time of tornado impact

Destroyed horse barn

Tailer debris blown across the Norfolk-Southern railroad in McKinney

Small debris splattered on both sides of the rail lines suggestive of a tornado circulation


We can do little to prevent a tornado from occurring, but by knowing the safety rules, we can minimize the number of deaths and injuries.

A tornado watch means that tornado development is possible. Keep a watchful eye on the sky for threatening weather and stay tuned to radio and television and listen for weather bulletins.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Persons in the path of the storm should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a storm cellar, underground excavation, or in a steel-framed or concrete reinforced building.

In homes, the basement offers the greatest safety. Seek shelter under sturdy furniture, if possible. In homes without basements , take cover in the center part of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Stay away from windows.

In schools, hospitals, and shopping centers, move to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on lowest floors are best. If the building is not of reinforced construction, go to a nearby one that is, or take cover outside on low, protected ground. Stay out of auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with wide free-span roofs.

In open country, move away from the tornado/s path at right angles. If there is not time to escape, lie flat in the nearest ditch or ravine.

In your car, do not try to outrun a tornado. If available, take shelter in a sturdy structure. Otherwise, get in the nearest ditch or depression until the tornado passes.

Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds and should be evacuated when strong winds or tornadoes are forecast. Damage can be minimized by securing trailers with cables anchored in concrete footing. Trailer parks should have community storm shelters. If there is no shelter nearby, leave the trailer park and take cover on low-protected ground.


The Fujita Scale, developed by Dr. Theodore Fujita, assigns a numerical rating from F0 to F5 to rate the intensity of tornadoes. F0 and F1 tornadoes are considered "weak" tornadoes, F2 and F3 are classified as "strong" tornadoes, where F4 and F5 are categorized as "violent" tornadoes. The F scale is based on tornado damage (primarily to buildings), so there is some ambiguity in the scale, but nonetheless, it provides a good baseline for classifying tornadoes according to their intensity.


0 < 73 Light damage. Some damage to chimneys; breaks branches off trees; pushes over shallow-rooted trees; damages sign boards.
1 73-112 Moderate damage. The lower limit is the beginning of hurricane-force wind speed; peels surface off roofs; mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off roads.
2 113-157 Considerable damage. Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles generated; Cars lifted off ground.
3 158-206 Severe damage. Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
4 207-260 Devastating damage. Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown off some distance; cars thrown and large missiles generated.
5 261-318 Incredible damage. Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried considerable distance to disintegrate; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters (109 yds); trees debarked; incredible phenomena will occur. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.