West Liberty Kentucky

March 3, 2012 by staff 

West Liberty Kentucky, A powerful storm that hit about 6 p.m. Friday smashed the core of this Morgan County city into rubble.

There was no confirmation of deaths, but at least six people were injured, and emergency responders and citizens hastily banded together to form search parties.

Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Kenny Dulin said dozens of people were missing.

If any major building escaped damage downtown, it wasn’t readily apparent in the darkness or the flashing lights of police cruisers, ambulances and fire trucks,

“It flattened everything,” said Faye Isaac, 42. “The whole town is gone.”

Isaac’s right cheek was bandaged where she had been cut after part of the Dollar Store roof fell on top of her.

The roof was taken off Commercial Bank and off City Hall across Main Street. The steeple of a Methodist church sat pointy-side up on the ground in front of the church.

Heavy equipment moved splintered wood, bricks and other debris out of the streets,

Residents said they saw a large funnel cloud descend on the city, about 80 miles east of Lexington. Morgan County has a population of 13,923, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Patsy and Zeke Hensley took shelter in the basement of their house when they saw the twister approaching.

“I said, ‘That’s not thunder. That’s a tornado,’” Patsy Hensley said. “It was just a big brown column.”

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