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KSP Works Tornado Touchdowns in Graves & Trigg Counties, 10 Injured, Businesses, Homes Destroyed

KSP Works Tornado Touchdowns in Graves & Trigg Counties, 10 Injured, Businesses, Homes Destroyed

Bill Stephens

May 10th, 2016

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Kentucky State Police, along with numerous other emergency personnel, responded to the scene of two tornado touchdowns that injured 10 people and left behind a path of destruction in two western Kentucky counties.

Kentucky State Police are currently on the scene of a second tornado event in western Kentucky today. They say troopers observed a tornado on the ground in the eastern part of Trigg County near the Trigg/Christian County line around 7:16 p.m. Tuesday.

According to KSP, troopers are on scene and have reported structural damage to some barns in the area of KY 126 north of KY 129, but preliminary reports show no homes have been damaged.

At this time, police indicate no injuries have been reported with this tornado.

Kentucky State Police responded to the first tornado to touchdown in western Kentucky around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday near Mayfield, KY.

According to police, a preliminary investigation shows that this tornado developed in the western part of Graves County and began a path east across the county. In the path of the tornado were multiple schools including Graves County Middle School, High School, Board of Education, and Central Elementary. Authorities say the tornado traveled close to these institutions but initial reports show they were able to avoid any significant damage. The tornado then traveled into the city of Mayfield, causing significant damage to homes and businesses before continuing northeast through the county. Police report the majority of the damage east of Mayfield was contained to trees and fields with some homes affected.

KSP says initial reports show ten individuals were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At this time, they say no fatalities have been reported from this storm.

The Kentucky State Police, Graves County Sheriff’s Office, Mayfield Police Department, The Graves County Department of Emergency Management, Graves County Fire Rescue, Kentucky Transportation Department, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mayfield Fire Department, North Graves Volunteer Fire Department, Viola Volunteer Fire Department, Clear Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the Lowes Volunteer Fire Department, West Kentucky Rural Electric Company, and Atmos Energy are all still on scene assessing the situation and responding to incidents as necessary.

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