NWS confirms tornadoes in Ky.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes in eastern Kentucky from a rash of severe storms, saying the twister that killed two people in Menifee County was the worst in the region in 24 years.

A funnel cloud of the tornado that touched down in Atkins, Ark., is seen at about 5 p.m. Feb. 5, 2008. The photo was taken outside Atkins High School. Tornadoes across four Southern states tore through homes, ripped the roof off a shopping mall and blew apart warehouses in a rare spasm of violent winter weather. (Photo: AP Photo/The Courier, Mike Avery)

EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (AP) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes in eastern Kentucky from a rash of severe storms, saying the twister that killed two people in Menifee County was the worst in the region in 24 years.

The NWS said on its website Saturday that an EF3 tornado touched down Friday in Menifee County, and a slightly less serious EF2 went through Laurel County, where five deaths have been reported.

Tornado strength is measured from EF0 to EF5. An EF2 or higher is considered a significant tornado.

The weather service said it is still investigating storm damage in the state. A total of 19 people were killed in Kentucky during the tornadoes and storms Friday.


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