Weather Update
5:20 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Inclement Weather Strikes This Afternoon

Damage Reports are coming in following a line of storms in far western Kentucky that continue to move east through our region. Police in Crittenden County say there have been a few reports of trees down across a few roads, but nothing severe at this point. There is a storm shelter open at the Crittenden County Courthouse. In Hopkins County officials say they’ve had no reports of damage thus far. A shelter is open at that courthouse as well. Officials in Ballard County say strong winds ripped the roof off of a trailer in LaCentre. And there are also some reports of trees down.. KY 1776 in Ballard County is closed by storm debris.  A metal barn roof has blown off and to the edge of the highway in the Barlow community. Massac County Illinois Officials also report minor home damage.  Throughout the event storm spotters reported numerous wall and funnel clouds. We haven’t received any confirmed reports of tornados in our region. 

Click on the picture to see the National Weather Service images for the predicted weather this afternoon.

Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call says this afternoon’s storms are especially worrisome since they could strike the area as children get out of school.  Meteorologists say while most of the region has not seen severe weather, conditions are unstable, meaning the situation could change quickly.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado watch for the following counties until 6:00pm:

Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Union and Webster.

STORM SHELTERS

Kentucky:

Calloway - No official tornado shelter, but public is welcomed to go to Racer Arena on 14th Street

Christian County - Second Baptist Chruch on West 7th Street, Hopkinsville Municipal Building, Crofton City Hall, Oak Grove City Hall, Pembroke Baptist Church [open 2-6PM, no pets]

Fulton County- no shelters currently open

Hopkins County –  Hopkins county courthouse on south main street

Lyon County –  Lamasco Baptist church, First Baptist church of Eddyville, Suwanee Baptist church, Lyon county old courthouse

Marshall - no shelters currently open

Illinois:

Massac -  basement of the courthouse

 

DAMAGE REPORTS
 

Illinois:

Massac - Storm hit mostly Unionville and the outskirts of Brookport. Roof damage on barns and homes throughout the county and in Metropolis. No structural damage found yet. Teams are currently surveying the area. Expect further updates around 3:30.

Check back frequently for updates.