Remembering Owensboro 2000 tornado 18 years later

January 3, 2000 is a day many in Owensboro remember 18 years later.

The National Weather Service categorized a tornado as an F-3 with winds around 180 MPH. The storm's damage first began around 3:10 PM in Webster and Crittenden Counties in the communities of Crayne and Diamond.

Around 4:00 PM storm damage was reported southwest of Owensboro. 

The National Weather Service said the tornado started there in Daviess County, before ripping through the heart of Owensboro.

22 people were injured in the storm that also damaged 750 homes, totaling 50 houses. The storm left around 20,000 people without power the next day. The tornado stayed on the ground for 7 miles with a 1/2 mile path, causing millions of dollar in damage according to the National Weather Service.

The storm ran down Tamarack Road in the city damaging Apollo High School and Tamarack Elementary School, along with dozens of homes. The tornado also caused a large amount of damage near Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The most severely injured people in the storm suffered broken vertebrae and lacerations from debris.

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(This story was originally published on January 3, 2018)


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