Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night.
Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later. Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County.
Weather observers say flash flooding was severe in some areas. Water was reported to be bumper height in parts of McCracken County, with heavy localized flooding in Ballard and Daviess. Hopkinsville reported a half inch of rainfall in five minutes, and some individuals trapped in their home required water rescues near Sedalia in Graves County.
The National Weather Service also says power outages were widespread in Graves and Trigg counties. Officials are warning motorists to avoid areas with water over the roadways.