|By Dennis Brown
A tornado that swept
through Lewis and Mason Counties May 10, leveling homes and sending at least 17 people to
the hospital, was classified last week by the National Weather Service as an F3 in the
A spokesman with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, said officials did a
"flyover" Tuesday to rate the storm.
That information, along with information gathered by a team on the ground, confirmed
what most people here already knew.
The spokesman said the worst damage appeared to be in the Herron Hill area with winds
ranging from 158 mph to 206 mph. The maximum width of the tornado was about 200 yards,
which was in the Herron Hill area.
Herron Hill was among the hardest his and 17 people were taken to Meadowview Regional
Medical Center in Maysville. Geneva Reed, house supervisor at the hospital, said the two
most seriously injured were leased late last week.
The NWS spokesman said the tornado touched down in Mason County, about two miles
southeast of Maysville, and moved east-southeast across Mason County into Lewis County.
The twister continued in pretty much a straight line with damage ending about four
miles southwest of Vanceburg. "Based upon the damage observed, the tornado path
appeared to skip across parts of Mason and Lewis Counties," the spokesman said.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
This mobile home, owned by Arthur "Big Boy"
Applegate, was demolished by the tornado on May 10. The trailer was located at
Governor Paul Patton declared a State of Emergency in 16 counties, including Lewis
County, as a result of the storms, which produced tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, heavy
rainfall, flash flooding and flooding.
Patton said he felt confident there is enough damage to justify a federal disaster
declaration and had requested assessment teams from Kentucky Emergency Management to
compile the figures to accompany the request for the federal declaration.
Carl Chaney, Lewis County Emergency Management Director, said 21 homes in the county
were destroyed, another 10 sustained major damage, and 17 others received sustained
moderate damage. Numerous barns and other outbuildings were also destroyed.