HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (3/2/12) – Congressman Ed Whitfield visited with Mayor David Jackson and other city officials to discuss damage and explore what assistance would be needed. (Photo) Jackson shows Whitfield photos of storm damage.
Madisonville Building Inspector, Frank Wallace (photo), confirmed SurfKY New reports that, Skate World received significant damage from the storms and was a total loss. Wallace also confirmed that the Madisonville North Hopkins School has significant damage as well. Calhoun Feed on Nebo Road has received some roof damage and the GE Plant will reportedly be closed down until Saturday.
Whitfield commented that damage has been reported across Western Kentucky. Whitfield went on to say that hopefully power will be restored quickly. It was approximately 2:30 a.m. when power was restored to the north side of Madisonville.
Wallace said that ¾ inch hail was reported across the city as the front moved through the area.
Jackson said that the damage was being attributed to straight-line winds until the Weather Service says otherwise.
Chief Wade Williams of the Madisonville Police Department stated that off-duty police poured in to work and help out the community in this crisis. Chief Williams also reported that no injuries or deaths have been reported. Williams said that having a take home fleet allowed the MPD to respond very quickly with personnel and vehicles.
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