Deadly tornado hits Louisville

A deadly tornado moved toward downtown Louisville, Kentucky Tuesday afternoon. The twister struck shortly after 1 p.m. local time and killed the dozen people in the city and nearby Middlesboro, Kentucky, KY State Police…

Deadly tornado hits Louisville

A deadly tornado moved toward downtown Louisville, Kentucky Tuesday afternoon. The twister struck shortly after 1 p.m. local time and killed the dozen people in the city and nearby Middlesboro, Kentucky, KY State Police said.

The number of confirmed dead is expected to rise as rescue crews assess the destruction and as search and rescue continues, Kentucky State Police said.

Ninety people were injured, four critically, police said. The tornado — a severe EF-2 tornado — ripped through a rural area near Middlesboro and blew down several buildings.

In the early afternoon, the National Weather Service reported the twister had a 50-mile path, starting and ending near Joplin, Kentucky. From Joplin, the storm moved northwest toward Louisville.

CNN affiliate WLKY reported that the northeast end of the twister was still being surveyed by first responders.

By Wednesday morning, the storm had passed over Joplin. NWS meteorologist Brian Jehl said that roughly 75 to 80 homes had been damaged, 50 to 60 single-family homes were destroyed and nearly 200 to 250 other homes sustained major damage.

The tornado system crossed over Ashland, where the tornado “bounced” in the Gallatin River. In Cassville, a destroyed home was located southwest of the city. Trees were found all over the road.

Nationally, one person died in Orange Park, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon when a tornado struck, authorities said. Thirty-eight other people were injured in Orange Park, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said the buildings damaged were all mobile homes and that they were in an area known for its mobile home parks. The storms also touched down in Jacksonville, Florida, where the weather service received reports of 60-mph winds and a large funnel cloud.

In Tallahassee, Florida, there were reports of a tornado possibly touching down in a western area. The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating a report that a tornado hit Interstate 10, according to CNN affiliate WFTV.

Tallahassee resident Bobby Robinson told WFTV that “a big tree came through my barn” and “a whole tree and a house.”

In Georgia, about 50 or 60 homes were damaged, said Brian Slocum, a spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

The Moore County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office confirmed a tornado had touched down in Del City, near Tulsa, after producing downed trees and power lines.

The weather service said the tornado had a path about four miles wide and was categorized as an EF-2 with winds up to 110 mph.

CNN’s Marissa Villamizar and Emily Jones contributed to this report.

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