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Four tornadoes confirmed in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four confirmed tornadoes leveled homes and ripped apart whatever was in their path as they tore through Kentucky this morning.

The storms were powerful, some packing winds potentially of up to 135 miles per hour.

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Elizabethtown in Hardin County. With wind speeds up to 125 miles per hour, it was on the ground for about three minutes.

The National Weather Service confirmed another EF-2 tornado hit in Eastern Grayson County. It touched down from 10:42 a.m. to 10:44 a.m. south of the Western Kentucky Parkway near the town of Horntown. It destroyed 3 mobile homes and blew one 400 yards away. Several brick homes had damage, and the Horntown Convenience Store was heavily damaged.

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Larue County about two miles west of Hodgenville.

And the fourth, an EF-2, hit near downtown Hodgenville.

In Hodgenville just off of Hwy. 210, homes were ripped apart. Roofs were torn off, walls ripped from the foundation exposing bathroom walls and even kitchen sinks.

A board sticks out of Annie Speakman's garage.

There are sounds of hammers and neighbors digging through debris. It is a scene often repeated in LaRue County following Wednesday morning's devastation. Neighbors are helping each other in this Hodgenville, KY subdivision where one of four tornados touched down across parts of Kentucky.

"I started seeing sheet metal fly by and piece clipped my ear and by the time I got in my house, I was already hearing the roar of the train," said Mark Knight.

Jennifer Mayfield was home and was hiding inside her closet when the storms struck.

"It was more scary after the fact, it was afterwards that I was more frightened," Mayfield said. "Every exterior wall, every wall has gaping holes in it. The only walls still standing are the ones in my closet laundry room and closet where I was," Mayfield said.

An elderly woman suffered a broken arm when her home was completely destroyed. The Ky. National Guard set up camp to protect homes from looters, some struck just hours after the tornado.

"I've had to holler at several of (the looters). They were taking pictures of my garage and I said 'You need to go. I'm glad the National Guard is here to keep them away," said Speakman.

The cleanup could take awhile in both LaRue and Hardin counties. In Elizabethtown, a tornado destroyed 3 of 5 buildings at a trucking company where winds were estimated near 120 mph.

"I was upset. I was in shock. I've never seen anything like this before in my life," said Speakman.

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