Severe Weather Update (As of 6:20 PM)

Nov 17, 2013

National Weather Service Paducah Radar Image: 6:13 pm

6:20 pm: NWS canceled tornado watch for Calloway, Trigg, Christian, Todd counties. A flood advisory is in effect for parts of Calloway County until 7 pm. Some areas may see another 1 to 2 inches of rain. Sunny and mostly clear tomorrow, highs will be in the upper 50s, lows in the lower 30s.

6:00 pm: Tornado watch for Calloway, Trigg, Christian, Todd counties, in effect until 7 pm. Massac Unit 1 schools closed tomorrow due to damages in Brookport.

5:20 pm: Severe storms moving southeast past our listening region. From NWS: Severe storm warnings in effect for Todd, S Christian, SE Calloway, SE Trigg until 5:30 pm.  Winds moving SE at 30 mph. Tornado warnings moving out of listening area, but watch remains in effect until 7 pm, for Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Mayfield, Murray.

BROOKPORT: From WPSD: First Baptist Church in Metropolis is accepting blankets for residents of Brookport, Illinois. Accepted until 6 p.m. tonight. Victory Full Gospel Church in Metropolis, Illinois is accepting bottled water and first aid supplies for Brookport residents from 6 to 9 pm. 

5:05 p.m.: In Hopkins County, officials report homes damaged along Red Hill Rd. with a few residents trapped inside for a short time.  They say power lines and trees have been downed with some trees 3 feet in diameter snapped.

4:50 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for northwestern Montgomery County and Stewart County in northwestern Tennessee until 5:15 p.m.

Scene from Bookport, courtesy Toby Glass
Credit Courtesy of Toby Glass

4:35 p.m.: Two fatalities have been confirmed in Unionville, Illinois near Brookport.  A tornado that moved across the community out of McCracken County also destroyed at least 50 mobile homes and downed power lines.  Injuries have been reported.  Also, officials have closed the Brookport bridge to all traffic except emergency and recovery vehicles.  

I-69/West Kentucky Parkway is also closed at mile marker 79.  Livingston County officials have reported barn damage and power lines there.  Hail of up to 1.25 inches was reported in McCracken, Caldwell, Christian, and Hopkins counties.

EMS officials say a church roof collapsed on Bell Road near Paducah.  And a tornado was reported near Bancroft in Muhlenberg County at 3:52 p.m.  Widespread tree and power line damage has been reported throughout the community with winds estimated at 65 mph.

As of 4:30 p.m., a tornado warning for portions of Calloway, Trigg, and Marshall is in effect until 4:45 p.m.  The warning for Muhlenberg is expected to expire at 4:30 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.