Tornado damages houses, trees from northeast Louisville to Pewee Valley

EF-1 tornado hits WAVE Country, damages several homes
Bille Ballard (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
Bille Ballard (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
John Gordon, National Weather Service (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
John Gordon, National Weather Service (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
The EF-1 tornado uprooted this tree in the Bay Run subdivision. (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
The EF-1 tornado uprooted this tree in the Bay Run subdivision. (Photo source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Residents along Westport Road near Murphy Lane awoke Wednesday morning to the sounds of wood chippers as clean up from the June 26 storms continued.

John Gordon, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Louisville National Weather Service office, was out surveying the damage in northeast Jefferson County and into parts of Oldham County.

He found evidence that a small EF-1 tornado with 86-90 m.p.h winds touched down in the area.

>> MORE: Track the path of Tuesday's tornado that ripped through Jefferson/Oldham counties

"The thing on these types of tornadoes that would injure or kill someone is falling trees, so if that tree here had fallen on a smaller house? Not good," Gordon said.

Gordon and his team found not only downed trees but also damaged siding and fencing that stretched from The Reserve at Westport apartments to the Bay Run subdivision. Some items found may have been thrown around like children's playthings, but actual children's playthings were involved, too.

"I was talking to the manager in the office and she was describing how they watched the playground get picked up over the fence and into the pool," described Billie Ballard, an apartment resident.

The tornado caused no injuries, but it does mark the first time in more than five years that any part of Louisville had a confirmed tornado.

The last one to touch down in the city moved across the Ohio River from Harrison County, causing tree damage in areas north of Valley Station on the morning on January 30, 2013.

That was also the last time that Louisville had been under a Tornado Warning until Tuesday's storms.

While an EF-1 tornado is on the weaker end of the spectrum, Gordon said it's all about where they touch down.

"Anytime you have a tornado or real strong winds in a residential area you can see significant injury or loss of life," Gordon said.

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