Do I Really Need to Worry about Tornadoes Here in East Kentucky?

The Tornado Safety Drill held earlier this morning was a great time to test out what you would do if a Tornado Warning was issued for real. However, many folks may be wondering if the threat for tornadoes in eastern Kentucky is high enough to even worry about. The graphic below illustrates that YES, the threat is real!

Tornadoes do happen in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and March 2nd, 2012 showed us that intense, long-tracked tornadoes can happen in the mountains as well. In fact, our records indicate over 150 tornadoes have been observed in eastern Kentucky since 1950. That's an average of over 2 per year! Tornadoes have occurred in every month of the year and they've been observed just about every hour of the day. There's been a tornado documented in every county except Knott County, and they've probably happened there too but we just don't have a record of it.

So, do you know what you would do if a Tornado Warning was issued and you had to act fast? We encourage everyone to go to http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes and look over the tornado safety guidelines. Be prepared...be aware and have a plan!



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