Storm Update 8:30 a.m.

Feb 29, 2012

Storm damage this morning has been mostly contained to Ballard and Hopkins Counties in Western Kentucky.  Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed as high winds and an unconfirmed tornado made its way through Kevil during the six o’clock hour. Ballard County Emergency Management Director Anita Bugg says there were no injuries or fatalities, however damage is extensive.

We have one residence that is completely destroyed, there was a trailer that was picked up and turned over.” Bugg said. “Numerous outbuildings, chicken houses and barns have been destroyed and damaged.”

 Hopkins County Emergency Management Director Frank Wright has a similar report with numerous outbuildings damaged and no injuries. In Illinois, just north of our broadcast area, Saline County has experienced the worst damage, in Harrisburg with three fatalities.

 Harrisburg Medical Center CEO Vince Ashley says the three victims were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital after the storm hit at about 5 a.m. The physical damage there is also significant with homes, businesses and churches destroyed.  

Northwest Tennessee is also in the path of these storms now. Henry, Obion and Stewart counties should expect high winds and possibly damaging storms as this system moves through by noon.

The majority of the WKMS Listening area remains under a tornado watch until 11:00.