#ClimateChange: Tornado Hits Kentucky, Leaving Damage, Injury

A tornado touched down Thursday in Kentucky, leaving some damage and at least one injury, officials said.

A state of emergency was declared in a western Kentucky county where the storm spread damage around a 5-square-mile (13-square kilometer) area, knocking down power lines and covering roadways in debris, officials said.


State police said at least one injury has been reported in McCracken County from the storm. Emergency crews were going door-to-door in the area to check on residents.

State trooper Rob Austin said it appears that dozens of homes were damaged, and high winds were continuing in the area Thursday afternoon.


“Things are still flying,” he said.


Authorities said buildings were damaged, including a preschool. Forty students were inside but none were reported hurt.


The twister plowed through parts of western Kentucky, including the West Paducah area, according to Keith Todd, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. He said the public was being asked to avoid the area while utility crews, area fire departments, and rescue squads worked to clear utility lines, downed trees and other debris.


Weather officials in Paducah said it blew past their office.


During the morning, the National Weather Service in Paducah tweeted, “TORNADO JUST MISSED OUR OFFICE IN WEST PADUCAH. TAKE SHELTER NOW IF YOU’RE IN PADUCAH!!!!”

Video of the Kentucky tornado was posted on social media. Jared Borum filmed the forming twister as it moved across a field of trees in Paducah. Borum and a room full of others watched the funnel grow and whip across the field.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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