Homes Destroyed by Butler County Tornado

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email
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"The house just picked up, went forward.  It broke in half and the roof and everything just took off." said Butler County homeowner David Anderson.

BUTLER COUNTY (WBKO) --Tornadoes devastated parts of the mid west yesterday, then barreled through Kentucky as well. National Weather Service officials say at least one tornado touched down in our area.

"The house just picked up, went forward. It broke in half and the roof and everything just took off." said Butler County homeowner David Anderson.

National Weather Service officials say his home had the worst of the damage they've seen here in Butler county, and that the damage they've seen here is an indication that there was in fact a tornado.

"This is by far the worst damage and this comes in at the same levels of EF1 damage that I saw at the other locations, so it looks like it was an EF1.. high EF1 tornado." said National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan.

David Anderson and his son were at home on Silver City Huntsville Rd., when the tornado blasted apart their home.

"I heard a big rumble and my son came out in the hallway. I just tackled him in the hallway. The walls fell in and the ceiling fell in on top of us, and the house just started coming apart. We were just lucky we survived through it," said Anderson.

Anderson says their other family members were not home at the time.

"If they would have been here, we probably would have lost somebody because there was no time to get to everybody. It happened that quick," said Anderson.

Anderson, his son, and his dogs who were there, escaped with only minor bumps and scrapes. The storm didn't discriminate either. It ripped apart a piece of Huntsville history too!

"The old Daniel Hunt house here. The oldest house in what's known as Huntsville... I looked over here and it looked like it was just coming apart. The metal was coming off, and some of it landed in my neighbor's yard. It's pretty devastating," said owner of Daniel Hunt House Randy Arnold.

Arnold, who lives in the house next door, had been keeping the home for its historic value, but says because of the damage it will probably have to be torn down.

Sullivan says as a National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist, he can use the information he gathered today about the damage, timing, and path of the tornado to help the NWS better prepare people for storms like these.


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