A tornado struck the community of Hampton in Livingston County, KY at approximately 3:18 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2013 (1-12-13). A ground survey conducted by the National Weather Service (NWS) rated the tornado as EF-2 intensity.
The tornado initially touched down just to the South of town between Bayou Creek Road and Campground Road. It traveled generally toward the North/Northeast for approximately 1.75 miles before ending along Highway 838 about 1.5 miles to the Northeast of town.
The maximum width along the damage path was 175 yards, and maximum winds were estimated at 120 mph.
The most extensive damage, which resulted in the EF-2 intensity rating, took place at the North Livingston Baptist church where the sanctuary (which was a former school gymnasium) completely collapsed:
Otherwise, mostly EF-0 or low end EF-1 damage to roof covering material and/or tree limbs was observed along the remainder of the tornado's path:
There were no deaths or injuries reported as a result of the tornado, and no photos or videos of the actual tornado are known to exist as of this writing.
(Unless otherwise noted, damage photos were taken and provided by the NWS survey team).
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