tornado 300MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (3/14/19) — At approximately 9:20 a.m., first responders were notified of a tornado in west Paducah. All first response agencies in McCracken County are currently on scene, as well as Kentucky State Police Post 1.

Approximately 5 square miles of western McCracken County were affected by the tornado including Mt. Zion Pre-school Center at 9701 Blandville Road. There were 40 students at the pre-school at the time of the incident, and although the building received damage, no children or instructors were injured.

Currently, there is only one confirmed non-life-threatening injury due to the tornado. First responders are checking all residences in the area to ensure everyone’s safety. The American Red Cross is prepared to establish shelter to provide assistance to displaced families that may have been affected by the incident. They are currently operating an evacuation center at Broadway United Methodist Church for residents affected by the storm to assist with immediate needs and to provide information.

Several roads are shut down due to debris and down power lines. Those roads are U.S. 62 east of McKendree Church Road, and Kentucky 286 east of McKendree Church Road. All traffic into those areas are being diverted across McKendree Church Road to U.S. 60. Traffic traveling on Blandville Road, westbound, is being diverted to Fisher Road and then to U.S. 60.

Anyone can report damage to Emergency Management at 270-448-1530. KSP is requesting the public to stay clear of any downed power lines. Numerous linemen are on scene to restore power to the area. At this time there is no estimated time for power to be restored. The McCracken County Judge Executive’s Office has declared a State of Emergency for the county.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, KSP and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officers will have directed patrols in the area. KSP said any trespassers or looters will be arrested and prosecuted. Those that do not reside in the affected area should stay clear to allow crews to effectively do their jobs.

Agencies currently at the scene include McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Paducah Police Department, Ballard County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, McCracken DES/Rescue, Concord Fire Department, Paducah Fire Department, West McCracken Fire Department, Lone Oak Fire Department, Massac County, Illinois Emergency Management, State Emergency Management, Jackson Purchase Rural Electric, ATF, McCracken County Road Department, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1, Fish and Wildlife and the American Red Cross.

SurfKY News

Information by Trooper Rob Austin Post 2

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