Western Kentucky 1 month after Mayfield, Bowling Green tornadoes

Published: 10:15 a.m. EST on January 10, 2022

Update: 11:48 a.m. EST on January 10, 2022

Chapter 1
When, where did it start?

The Kentucky tornadoes were the result of a supercell that formed in Arkansas and continued to move through Tennessee into Kentucky and Indiana. The storm spared nothing in its path; Western Kentucky received most of the storm’s wrath.

Credit: National Weather Service

Deadly Kentucky Tornado Track December 10-11, 2021

The Paducah NWS said the tornado moved into Kentucky about 5.5 miles southwest of Cayce, Ky (Fulton County) at 8:56 p.m. (CST), and moved north- is.
According to the Louisville NWS, the tornado ended at 11:45 p.m. (CST) four miles west of McDaniels, KY (Breckinridge County).

Chapter 2
Over 160 miles of terror, destruction

Credit: National Weather Service

Deadly Kentucky Tornado Track December 10-11, 2021

Chapter 5
The candle factory

A memorial to honor those who died was built outside the irreparable Graves County Courthouse.

“It’s hard to imagine that there were only eight people [who died] on how many and she’s one of them,” Monroe’s sister Heather Mcguffin said.

Credit: Monroe Family

Jill Monroe

Her son Chris said he was told she was trying to protect people when the storm hit.

“She said all of a sudden they were told they had to go back to the hallway or the bathroom and the tornado was near,” he said.

What they heard, what they saw

Besides the stories of loss and survival, there are many different stories about whether or not employees were allowed to leave on the night of the tornado. Some have complained.

“All of a sudden this gust of wind came and then all the people who were outside started coming in, and they all started breaking up because they wanted to be behind the wall…then boom – the whole building came down,” said Mayfield Consumer Products employee Kyanna Parsons-Perez.

Chapter 6
Candle Factory lawsuit filed

There is no basement

Caudill said the building also lacked something that could have been crucial during devastating storms.

“There is no basement in this building,” he said.

‘… No way this trial can hold’

According to Ron Johnson, most employees in Kentucky can only sue their employers for workplace injuries through what’s called a workers’ compensation system. It’s an administrative process that doesn’t go through the court system.

Chapter 7
Western Kentucky Fund

When news of the destruction in western Kentucky broke, people across the state, and even the world, reached out to communities to ask how they could help.

Beshear launched the Western Kentucky Relief Fund, which within days had already surpassed $18 million. As of December 28, the fund has raised more than $30 million.

The governor’s wife has started a toy drive to help families just in time for Christmas. First Lady Brittainy Beshear said the drive has collected more than 70,000 toys and will be able to provide gifts for every child’s birthday in 2022.

FEMA arrived and set up mobile aid within days of the tornadoes.

Chapter 8
Communities move forward

“Rebuilding these homes, these structures and these lives is going to take years,” Beshear said in a Dec. 28 update. “And we need to make sure that when support is needed on the road, we have it, it’s there, and we can deploy it quickly to help those families.”

And as families seek to rebuild, the attorney general’s office seeks to arrest would-be crooks and thieves.

Beshear is committed to working with storm-affected communities throughout the recovery process.

Chapter 9
Memories blown for miles

Someone even created a Facebook page to connect survivors or family members with the found items.

“I was just taking out the trash yesterday morning and I looked down my driveway and there was this cute photo, a 5×7 photo of a smiling little boy,” Beth Schulz, who posted the photo on the Facebook group Quad State Tornado Found Items

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