Last Friday evening into the wee hours of Saturday morning, Meade Countians hunkered down and prepared for the worst. A massive storm system moved into Kentucky, spinning multiple tornadoes along the way.
A tornado that left enormous destruction intermittently for over two hundred miles had Meade County squarely in its sites. It destroyed Mayfield and Dawson Springs. It took out other small communities such as Bremen. It moved across Ohio County and into Breckinridge County around Rough River Lake. Then, just as it looked like it was headed for Big Springs and Flaherty in southern Meade County, it miraculously stopped spinning. When it left Breckinridge and entered Meade, the winds continued to blow with great force, but they were severely diminished. Unlike most of the western part of the state, minor damage was all our county faced. Some barn roofs had old metal curled up. Another barn just south of Ekron had its walls knocked out. Farmers’ chemical tanks were laid over and electricity was temporarily knocked out for many as a few utility poles and trees gave way. All in all, however, our county was spared at the last minute.
Ironically, 50 years ago to the day, Meade County was hit with a similar storm on a Friday, as well. The 1971 Meade County Messenger had the following tidbits in its pages: Several homes around Ekron lost their roofs in the terrible storm we had last Friday. I noticed several people moving around on their rooftops Saturday and none of them favored that jolly old man dressed in red, so I assume they were repairing their roofs, the Ekron news read. Up through the street, shingles were torn from roofs and awnings torn from the windows from the high winds in the Flaherty community, the Flaherty news read.
Fortunately, no such damage has been reported in our county from this year’s December storm. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many across our beloved Commonwealth. For quite a few Meade Countians, they woke up last Saturday morning to find pictures, insulation and paperwork blown in from over two and a half hours away where the tornadoes leveled all that came in their path.