Cleanup has begun as weather experts survey the damage in Western Kentucky after a series of severe storms and confirmed tornadoes Tuesday.
In Mayfield, 10 people sustained minor injuries as a tornado damaged homes and businesses.
The Mayfield storm destroyed dozens of structures in Graves and Marshall counties including mobile homes, businesses, barns and garages, according to a preliminary damage report by the National Weather Service. Several homes were severely damaged while dozens of others lost shingles. Some cars were tossed by the tornado and landed on top of buildings and other cars.
Additionally, the weather service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Breckinridge County on Tuesday. The tornado was on the ground for about a minute southeast of Garfield and traveled 0.4 miles. Homes and trees were damaged in the storm, but most of the damage was caused by wind-driven hail. The hail, up to an inch in diameter, “sandblasted the west sides of several homes, shredded vinyl siding and shattered windows,” according to the weather service.
Tornadoes were also confirmed in Muhlenberg and Ohio counties. Surveys were ongoing Wednesday to learn the extent of the damage from those storms.
In Central Kentucky, a pattern of heavy rain and possible severe storms is likely to continue Thursday afternoon and evening, according to WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey. Highs on Thursday are expected to reach the low 80s before dropping into the mid-60s.
On Friday, look for sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, Bailey said.