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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The National Weather Service says it was an EF2 tornado that struck Elizabethtown, Ky. on Wednesday.
A WDRB News crew in Elizabethtown saw damage including at least one home along Hodgenville Road with its roof ripped off, along with widespread debris.
Siding and insulation were among the debris along Lincoln Parkway near the Harry Owen Trucking Company. One telephone pole had twisted metal wrapped around it. Several trucks were damaged, as well.
Firefighters were using chain saws to clear roads and move debris.
Gary Tyler says the tornado came to fast to seek shelter: "Trash and everything, you could see everything, it's just a debris field. I can't explain it, you know, it's just horrendous -- everything was in the air."
At the Pine Tree Mobile Home Park on Hodgenville Road, eleven mobile homes were damaged, along with two houses across the road.
One neighbor was concerned about a home that had been struck where two-year-old twins lived. The neighbor said the family was just "thankful to be alive...they heard everything coming down around them, but they're OK."
Doug Finley with Hardin Co. Emergency Management says, "I do see some roads closed because of high water, and naturally we want to tell people to go slow, don't go over roads that have high water signs."
By early afternoon, the National Weather Service began assessing the damage.
The Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown has opened as a shelter for storm victims.
Officials with Hardin County Schools had asked parents not to pick up their children, saying they felt students were safer remaining in the schools rather than getting on the road to go home. All the students were released to go home later in the afternoon.