Deadly 2008 Muhlenberg County tornado remembered - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Deadly 2008 Muhlenberg County tornado remembered

Last week, Muhlenberg County was hit by an EF-2 tornado with the town of Penrod in the path.  Although there was extensive damage to some mobile homes and many trees, thankfully there were no injuries.

Unfortunately, that was not the case five years ago this week when an EF-3 tornado claimed the lives of three tri-staters in Greenville.

The twister hit on February 5, 2008 and traveled about twelve miles through Greenville, Central City, and Powderly.  The width of the tornado averaged 325-yards with peak winds reaching 160 mph.

Three people died, more than twenty were injured, and more than one hundred homes were damaged.

Bob, Diane and Gilda Crick were all killed when the storm hit their Greenville mobile home.

At the time, the storm was part of the deadliest tornado outbreak in the U.S. in more than 20 years.  The storms killed 54 people in a trail of destruction in five southern states.

Here's a picture from the National Weather Service of home heavily damaged in Central City at the Gas Light Park subdivision:


I vividly remember walking through this neighborhood with my photographer the day after the tornado hit.  Very surreal as some of the damage included an enormous metal commercial dumpster that was picked up about a quarter mile from a business and blown all the way through a home.  It was found on the front lawn.

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