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Storms tear through Graves, Calloway counties

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

Severe wind on Saturday afternoon ripped through portions of Graves and Calloway counties, damaging trees, utility poles and buildings but causing no reported injuries.

What is believed to be straight line wind hit the area around 3:30 p.m. and exited across the southeast Calloway County line by about 4:30. Both counties were under a tornado warning, National Weather Service Meteorologist Christine Wielgos said.

"I knew it was going to be bad when the horses took off and ran for the stables," Calloway County resident Steve Sexton said. He added that his small farm near Murray was spared any major damage.

The storm blew through Graves County around 3:35 p.m., emergency management director Jamey Locke said. Along with trees and power poles, a commercial structure lost a roof and there was localized flooding around some ditches. The damage mainly affected the area just south of Mayfield, from around Ingersoll Rand Road to Cuba Road, he said.

William Call, emergency management director for Calloway County, said the worst of the damage there happened between 4:15 and 4:20. Winds downed trees and power lines, but he didn't receive any confirmed reports of tornadoes. He said crews will survey one area off Ky. 94 East where winds appeared to have changed directions. No injuries were reported.

"We have damage all over the county, but the area that we're most serious about in terms of the (wind) pattern is east of Murray," he said.

Wielgos said the NWS was still gathering data Saturday evening and would likely have a better idea of the extent of the damage today.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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