Severe weather returned to western Kentucky on Sunday, leaving a trail of damage across the Jackson Purchase after a third straight day of straight-line winds and hard rain.
While no tornados were confirmed in Paducah, there was substantial damage to homes, businesses, power lines and trees.
The weather event, National Weather Service meteorologist David Blanchard said, was rain-wrapped -- concealed from view by a dense cloud of precipitation and debris -- as it moved through the area.
The weather service will be conducting two storm damage surveys today, one starting in Carlisle County before swinging through Ballard, McCracken and Livingston counties and the other beginning in Hickman and going through Carlisle, Graves, Marshall and Lyon counties.
"There was quite a bit of damage, so something happened. Something fell out of the sky," Blanchard said.
The surveys will help the weather service determine exactly what type of weather event occurred. WPSD Local 6 meteorologist Noah Bergren believes it was either a rain-wrapped tornado or a microburst -- an intense, small-scale downdraft brought on by a severe storm.
Bergren reported that WPSD's Doppler radar estimated winds in the area exceeded 110 mph during Sunday's storm.
McCracken County's Office of Emergency Management found itself busy for a third straight day responding to calls for assistance.
"It's keeping us very busy. So far we've been able to meet all the calls for help," director Jerome Mansfield said. "There's widespread tree limb and power line damage. Law enforcement has been covering that."
Between all of the calls, emergency response agencies are stretched thin.
"It's putting a little more strain on us, but everyone's holding up well and we're responding to every call," Mansfield told The Sun. "Thankfully, our responders -- fire, law enforcement, rescue and emergency medical services -- all work closely together daily.
"This has been a pretty intense series of storms over the three-day period, but it just happens to be the time of year when you can have turbulent weather like this."
Mansfield also confirmed that McCracken EMS had dispatched McCracken County Rescue to Moors Resort & Marina in Marshall County to confirm that no one in the area of the marina was hurt or trapped.
No injuries were reported, but the marina suffered "brutal" damage to its A & B docks when the storm rolled through, the resort wrote on its social media channels. The rest of the lakefront resort was undamaged and will remain open, except for the marina store, which will be closed today.
To the south, Mayfield's West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation reported a spike in outages early Sunday night, as many people who regained power after Friday's storms lost it again, putting more than 2,000 customers in the dark.
"The new outages came quickly," West Kentucky RECC Operations Manager Michael Evans said, "and many of them appear to be tied to weather-related problems at the Edrington and Hickory Grove substations."
In Calloway County, an unidentified female was reportedly struck by lightning outside of the White College building on Murray State University's campus. The last reported status, via Shawn Touney, MSU's director of communications, was that the female, who was not a student at the university, was being taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Though more than 4,000 Paducah Power System households lost power throughout the course of Sunday's storms, the utility reported via its Facebook page that power had been restored for all but 700 customers by early evening, with most of those consumers being along South Friendship Road outside of Lone Oak. Reidland also experienced considerable outages, though most homes had their lights back by 7 p.m.
In reference to the region being repeatedly hit by dangerous weather, PPS wrote on Facebook, "We're not sure who made Mother Nature mad, but we wish they'd make up."