Madison County, Kentucky Desigated StormReady
The National Weather Service in Louisville recognized Madison County, Kentucky as the 45th County in the commonwealth to achieve StormReady designation In a brief ceremony held at the Madison County Courthouse on November 27, 2012.
Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon presented Madison County Emergency Managment Director Carl Richards and County Judge/Executive Kent Clark with two StormReady signs and additional documentation to recognize their efforts in protecting the citizens of the county. Gordon commended Richards and his staff for their close working relationship with the NWS office in Louisville before, during, and after severe weather events.
Both Gordon and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan commented during the ceremony on recent severe weather events affecting the county, recalling the May 8, 2009 EF-3 tornado that claimed two lives and left a path of damage stretching 22 miles. They also remarked how the parent thunderstorms for two of the most devastating tornadoes that struck eastern Kentucky on March 2, 2012 passed directly over Richmond and Berea. While those storms did not produce tornadoes until they had moved east, Richards noted that the tennis ball-sized hail they dropped caused millions of dollars in damage to the communities.
In addition to the Clark and Richards, other Madison County officials present at the ceremony were Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, Councilman Richard Thomas, and EMA staff members Michael Bryant and Clay White.
Left to right: John Gordon. NWS Louisville MIC, Joe Sullivan, NWS Louisville WCM, Kent Clark, Madison Co. Judge-Executive, Carl Richards, Madison CO EM Director, Jim Barnes, Richmond, KY Mayor, Clay White, Madison Co. EMA, Michael Bryant, Madison Co. EMA, Richard Thomas, Richmond KY CIty Councilman.