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Richmond KY - Kentucky Tornado Takes It's Toll on Madison County

Kentucky tornado in Madison CountyThis past week in Richmond KY has been a crazy one!

It seemed that Madison County would all wash away from rain every day.

The forecast was rain, rain and cloudy with possible rain.

My yard had started to look like a jungle because it didn't stop raining long enough for the yard guy to cut it.

After being swamped by the rain and work all week, I sort of enjoyed the rain on Friday until the electric went off and the Direct TV went out too.

As soon as that happened, I heard the tornado warning siren go off.

These extremely loud sirens are strategically placed all around Madison County to warn us to take cover. They were installed after the 1974 tornado that took my home and left me with only the clothes on my back. It was tough to start over again.

In just moments, I determined what was important to save if a tornado was coming. I grabbed my dog, car keys, purse, cell phone and laptop and headed for the basement. Funny how you just don't need much of what you own.

As I settled in to watch the rain that was blowing sideways past the French doors, I could hear... then see emergency vehicles heading down Hwy 52. Lots of them!

Hmmm...I thought there must be a big car wreck down there. A little later I saw one EMS truck headed back up the road headed to the hospital.

Later, the electric came on and I didn't think much more about it. The next morning I found out a tornado had hit a few miles down the road from my house. A few people in Madison County had died and many more were injured. It didn't seem real somehow.

Kentucky tornado in Madison County 

Sunday morning, I got up early and with my camera in hand, took off to see what had happened. Kentucky tornado in Madison County

These Madison County scenes are all on Hwy 52 in Kirksville near 1295.

When I got to the disaster area, there were only 2 National Guard units blocking the Adams Place Subdivision.



Kentucky tornado in Madison CountyThese pictures were all taken right past the Kirksville Elementary school.



Kentucky tornado in Madison County

The tornado took the concrete block car repair shop but left a car on the lift!

Kentucky tornado in Madison County

Kentucky tornado in Madison County


Kentucky tornado in Madison County



Kentucky tornado in Madison County 

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Comment balloon 11 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • May 11 2009 11:01PM


Lizette, I can only relate to the devastation in your area by recalling the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco area back in 1989. You and your sweet dog are safe, along with your elements of communication. The thing I wondered about was whether you had copies of your have-to-have papers for insurance and identification in the event you had to make claims. Keeping those in a mini safe in your basement might be a good idea.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) almost 10 years ago

Ugh...I didn't realize that was the county you were in. At least you had a basement. Some folks don't. This is terrible, glad it worked out and you were safe. Scary.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

Lizette - you have certainly been hit hard this year by the weather. Glad that you rode this one out ok. That's not too far from where my wife and I used to live.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, I find it absolutely amazing how much damage can be done in a very short period of time.  I am sorry to hear about the lose of life and property.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

I am glad to hear you and Chanel are safe and sound. It must be hard having to relive that terrible time whenever you have to go through another tornado. They sure do a lot of damage, it is sad.

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) almost 10 years ago


   I had no idea that the storm was this bad.  I know the residents of Madison County are just devastated. Thanks for sharing and we will remember them in our prayers.

Posted by Connie Lou Barnett, GRI,CRS,CRB,SRMM,ARA,PRS,SFR,QSC (Real Living/Home Realty) almost 10 years ago

This is just so scary.   I am thankful it did not get any closer to you and the Diva!!

Posted by Connie King almost 10 years ago


That is one thing I am glad we do not have around here. We do have some hurricane force, or close to it, winds.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Wow! Growing up in West Texas, I was aware of the severe damage that can be inflicted by tornadoes. I am glad you managed to escape personal injury!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, glad to know that you are ok. Thank you for the fantastic photos.

Tornado damage can be interesting, like the truck on the lift. When i first looked at the photo, I thought maybe it had somehow been blown up there.

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) almost 10 years ago


Wow those are some grizzly photos. The damage is amazing to me.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

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