Kentucky takes stock of storm damage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Emergency managers in western Kentucky are taking stock of damage from a belt of tornado-laden storms that passed through the area.

Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the storms that came through Sunday damaged some homes, blew down trees and left about 3,000 homes without power, but didn't injure anyone.

Most of Kentucky was hit with heavy wind and rain and in some areas tornadoes were reported.

Officials with the State Emergency Operations Center say the storm travelled east through Kentucky and it weakened by the time it got to the I-65 corridor, which saved much of the state from seeing severe damage.

One of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's four enrichment production buildings was damaged, as well as the adjacent cooling towers and nearby electrical switchyard, Georgann Lookofsky, a spokeswoman for the plant's parent company USEC Inc., said in a news release.

Interstate 69 in Caldwell County remained closed on Monday at the 80 mile marker due to downed power lines. Kentucky Department of Transportation spokesman Keith Todd says it should reopen by early afternoon.

In total, eight counties in Kentucky reported tornadoes.


A possible tornado touched down at a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah, Ky., as strong storms moved through the state.

No deaths or injuries were reported, and plant officials said no hazardous materials were released from the plant.

A total of eight Kentucky counties reported tornado sightings.

At least two homes were destroyed - one in Henderson County and another in Butler County. More than 3,000 customers lost power.

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