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Region's severe weather threat fizzles

By Leanne Fullerlfuller@paducahsun.com

The Paducah area survived Thursday's bout of thunderstorms largely unscathed.

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield, who had been in contact with area rescue squad, weather spotters and fire departments, said only some minor residential power outages, small tree limbs down and traffic light malfunctions had been reported.

At about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Mansfield said all the outages and traffic light malfunctions had been resolved to his knowledge by shortly before 8 p.m. except for a traffic light near Kentucky Oaks Mall that was to be reset by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Mansfield said that during the storm the Concord Fire Department stood by at a basketball game at McCracken County High School to assist if people needed cover, "but it was not necessary tonight."

Graves County Emergency Management Director Jamey Lock said emergency management there received four reports of downed trees, but no outages, and that the county seemed to have made it through the storm system fairly well. A Hickman County dispatcher said the county had received no damage reports.

Fulton County Emergency Management Director Hugh Caldwell said the county had performed a preliminary damage assessment without finding any damage, and, while the western half of the county had seen quite a bit of rain, residents hadn't called in any damage from the storm either.

"We got lucky, so to speak, here in the immediate region," National Weather Service Paducah Meteorologist Rick Shanklin said.

Shanklin said winds were reported in the 50 to 60 mph range, and that 0.44 inches of rain was reported at Barkley Regional Airport, 0.27 inches were reported in Draffenville in Marshall County and 0.15 inches in Mayfield.

"It was a fairly typical - magnitude-wise - event," Shanklin said.

Mansfield noted that Kentucky Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-8.

 

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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