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National Weather Service Paducah is holding a public town hall meeting tonight to discuss the tornado that struck Mayfield earlier this month. 

The meeting includes a presentation on tornado safety followed by a panel discussion with meteorologists and emergency management staff. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Officials in Graves County are assessing the damage from a tornado that touched down north of Mayfield Tuesday. In a media conference Wednesday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says initial reports indicate the tornado peaked at the low end of EF3 on the sale, with 140 miles per hour winds. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, via YouTube

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield released statements today regarding Tuesday's tornado that struck western Kentucky. 


The National Weather Service and Kentucky Emergency Alert System is conducting a statewide tornado drill tomorrow morning. 


5:24 p.m.: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging drivers to use extreme caution. The KYTC reports water over  the road in several locations across the region and down trees on KY 94 west of Murray near the Graves County line and east of Murray near the KY 80 intersection. 

5:16 p.m.: Calloway, Trigg counties in Kentucky and Stewart County, Tennessee are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:54.

5:06 p.m.: Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins, and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky are under a severe thunderstorm warning through 5:45 p.m.

4:53 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for northwestern Henry, northeastern Gibson, and Weakley counties in Tennessee through 5:30. 

UPDATE: According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, a cold front is expected to move from southeast Missouri  and hit our region Wednesday evening. It'll bring showers and thunderstorms, along with potential damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

NWS Forecast Office Paducah, KY

The National Weather Service is warning of high heat and a moderate risk of severe storms and flooding for portions of the region over the next couple of days.

Storm Prediction Center

Updated 6:50 p.m.  

Widespread and severe weather possible this evening. Strong winds, large hail, torrential rain and isolated tornadoes are possible as the line of strong storms moves across the region. 

Tornado watch in effect until midnight for: Christian, Daviess, Massac, McLean, Montgomery, Muhlenberg, Pope, Todd

Update 4:09 p.m. - Severe Weather Warnings and Watches

The severe thunderstorm warning for previously listed counties has been lifted. The tornado watch remains in effect. 

Summer Storm Causes Damage in Calloway County

Jun 8, 2014

Severe weather in Calloway County over the weekend caused some minor damage and power outages.

Update 6:00 pm:

Main power restored to Murray State campus. We were off the air briefly this afternoon due to storms and on a backup generator shortly thereafter.

Our live broadcast tonight from the Pennington Folk Festival featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is still scheduled to broadcast at 8 pm.