West Liberty Ky Tornado

March 3, 2012 by staff 

West Liberty Ky Tornado, WEST LIBERTY, Ky. Rescue operations continued throughout the night and into the Saturday morning in Morgan County, where a powerful tornado carved a 60-mile path of devastation, leaving at least three dead, 75 injured and the community in shambles.

Emergency officials expected the death toll to rise after daybreak as teams of rescuers continued fanning out across the city and county in search of survivors. But the depth of destruction was only beginning to take shape early Saturday, and officials could not predict how fast the casualty rate might rise.

“In the daylight, there will be a lot more,” said Endre Samu, spokesman for the Kentucky State Police.

By midnight Friday, more than thirty emergency teams from the region had poured into downtown West Liberty – believed to be the most concentrated area of damage in the tornado’s path, which was reportedly two miles wide in places.

Officials had placed the community on lockdown to prevent looting and were working to secure an area hospital damaged in the storm. Samu said patients were being taken to emergency shelters.

Dozens of buildings along the city’s main thoroughfare remained standing despite severe structural damage and debris that was piled as high as five feet high down both sides of the street. But many buildings appeared to be a total loss.

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