Tornadoes, strong winds lead storms across Ky.

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Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Strong winds as part of a cold front Wednesday damaged some buildings, knocked down trees and blew a tractor-trailer off Interstate 24, but few injuries were reported in Kentucky.

The rough weather plowed through the state early, setting off tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings along the leading edge and following with rain and stiff winds. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes.

Two people were injured in Marion County, where the less severe tornado, an EF-0, touched down. A trailer was blown off its foundation.

An EF-2 tornado in Warren County northeast of Bowling Green brought winds from 120 to 125 mph, the weather service said. A survey team was continuing to investigate.

The weather service planned to survey a dozen locations across central Kentucky for evidence of possible tornadoes.

Elsewhere, Ryan Sharp, a forecaster with the weather service in Louisville, said wind speeds exceeded 60 mph in some areas.

Damage reports were scattered throughout Kentucky, with the truck being blown off I-24 near Oak Grove. The driver was not hurt. Randy Graham, emergency management director in Christian County, said multiple outbuildings and barns were damaged and destroyed, along with two homes. A third home sustained major damage, but there were no injuries, Graham said.

In central Kentucky later in the morning, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said a 32-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy were hurt when a mobile home near Campbellsville blew off its foundation. Johnson said no other injuries or damage had been reported.

"It's not too bad," Johnson said. "I've worked some big ones. I'm happy with a small one."

Ernie Perkins, emergency management director in Grayson County southwest of Louisville, said high winds knocked down some trees and caused "minor damage" to some homes, but there were no injuries.

"We seem to be in pretty good shape," Perkins said.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission reported about 8,700 power outages, with 6,200 concentrated in Barren and Hart counties in south-central Kentucky and the rest scattered about eastern Kentucky. The commission on its website listed high winds associated with the storm as the cause of the outages.

The state's two largest utilities, LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, reported about 500 power outages scattered around the state.

The passing of the winds may not be the end of the sour weather, as the cold front lags well behind the initial line of storms. However, the next batch of weather may be wet, but not as windy, Sharp said.

"We might get one more round," Sharp said.

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