Two Tornados Touch Down in Western Kentucky

Storm damage was reported throughout western Kentucky on Tuesday, May 4. In Fulton County, an EF2 tornado touched down around 3:38 a.m. about 5.2 miles west, northwest of Fulton, Ky. and ended around 3:41 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 94. It had an estimated peak wind of 125 miles per hour and a path length of 3.8 miles. The National Weather Service said, an EF1 tornado touched down in Clinton. It had an estimated peak wind of 100 miles per hour with a path length of 7.5 miles. It began around 3:29 a.m. 7 miles west of Clinton and ended on 3:38 a.m. just northeast of Clinton. A state of emergency was issued in Hickman County due to extensive damage. Officials say “A lot of power lines down, a lot of trees down, then they started getting a lot of reports of different structures had been damaged. They say they’ve received several distress calls throughout the county. Officials say first responders then took to the streets and did preliminary damage assessments throughout the area and then they made e determination to declare a state of emergency due to the large power outages across our county. As of Tuesday evening, utility crews were still on the scene fixing power outages as more than 500 residents were without power across the county. Officials say said after speaking with the National Weather Service, it was assessed there wasn’t a tornado, but the town saw winds up to 100 miles per hour. In Calloway County, the National Weather Center said a storm survey team found damage near Hazel from a microburst with peak winds of 95 miles per hour. The damage in Midway was caused by straight line winds with peak winds of 85 miles per hour. By 3:50 p.m., the West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative said they were slowly restoring power to members across the area. They said they had 31 separate outages affecting about 1,900 members.

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