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Tornadoes Strike Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky on Tuesday

A strong cold front produced at least three tornadoes on Tuesday in three different states, leaving damage behind in their wake.

On Tuesday afternoon, an EF-1 tornado hit Harrison County, Kentucky near the town of Paris just after 4 pm local time, destroying two small outbuildings and a barn while also causing considerable damage along its nearly two-mile trek through rural Kentucky. No injuries were reported. The map below, via the National Weather Service office in Louisville, shows the location of the tornado in proximity to nearby Lexington:

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Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with a high-end EF-1 tornado that touched down near Matoaka, W Va., in the far southern portion of the state, late on Tuesday night between 11:39 and 11:49 pm. Four homes and a mobile home suffered damage, and inside the mobile home a mother and her son suffered non-life threatening injuries. It’s just the second known tornado to strike Mercer County, West Virginia and the first since 1965.

Finally, a brief EF-0 in Putnam County, Indiana — about 40 miles southwest of Indianapolis — damaged trees near the community of Cloverdale around 5:30 pm local time. No injuries or significant damage were reported with this twister.

Additionally, a potent microburst — a highly localized straight-line wind stemming from the downdraft of a thunderstorm — produced winds estimated to be in excess of 100-mph in Easthampton, Mass. The town is located about two hours west of Boston. Some damage was reported in the town as a result.

Severe weather chances look minimal for Thursday, but we could see some more storms fire along a stalled front on Friday in Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. As always, we’ll keep you posted on those right here on and on WeatherNation.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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