West Liberty's downtown reduced to shells of buildings and rubble

03/03/2012 03:50 PM

WEST LIBERTY — The crushing storm Friday leveled much of downtown West Liberty, smashing businesses and homes and shearing off the top of the old Morgan County courthouse while severely damaging its soon-to-be open judicial center.

Four people were killed by the storm in Morgan County and 18 in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

cn|2 videographer Greg Pursifull captured this footage of what the tornado left behind in West Liberty:

This is what the old Morgan County Courthouse looked like before the storm:

And this is what it looked like Saturday in the wake of Friday’s night’s storm:

Morgan County’s new judicial center was expected to be completed later this year. But the $15.2 million building was slammed by the storm like the rest of downtown with its windows blown out and stone work damaged.

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