Kentucky, Missouri Hit by Record 255 Miles of Tornado Damage on May 26th

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Paducah, KY – A severe storm system on May 26th produced a record-breaking 255 miles of tornado damage across the National Weather Service’s Paducah forecast area, affecting parts of Kentucky and Missouri.

According to the US National Weather Service, this surpassed previous records set on February 29, 2012, and December 10, 2021, for the number of miles tornadoes tracked across the region. Sixteen tornadoes were confirmed, with seven remaining on the ground for at least 19 miles. The longest track was 42.4 miles through Ripley and Butler counties in Missouri, extending to 46.5 miles when including Oregon County.

The tornadoes ranged from EF-0 to EF-3 in intensity, causing widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Emergency services were dispatched across the affected areas to assist with rescue operations and provide aid to displaced residents. 

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