Photos: Damage in Williamstown after tornado touch down

National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in NKY
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 at 11:29 AM EST
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WXIX) - The now-confirmed tornado that touched down early Thursday in Northern Kentucky left homes and businesses damaged.

The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down just south of Dry Ridge. The strength of the tornado is not known yet.

Williamstown resident Diane Porter says she was inside her Arlington Court home getting ready for work when she started hearing the storm sirens sound off in the area.

Not much longer, Porter says her dog started acting odd as rain begin to come down. It was at that moment she says she and the dog went to their closet for safety.

“It got really noisy from the rain,” recalls Porter. “I thought it was rain, so I thought it was over with, and then I heard the exhaust fan in the bathroom turning on and off, and [Porter’s husband] said, ‘go check. There’s probably moisture.’ I went outside, and the roof was gone.”

The roof on the Porter’s home had a large hole, and many of the wooden pieces from the ceiling were scattered around their neighbor’s yards.

The insulation was also scattered around the yard, stuck in the front yard trees.

Thursday's storm damaged part of a home on Arlington Court in Williamstown.
Thursday's storm damaged part of a home on Arlington Court in Williamstown.(WXIX)

Resident Michael Denney contacted FOX19 NOW and reported seeing “debris all over” with trees down, a possible shed blown over and a thrift store damaged along the North Main Street area.

The front door and roof are both damaged at Helping Hands Thrift Store, he tells FOX19 NOW.

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