Multiple rounds of severe weather blew through the Pennyrile region Saturday evening, packing damaging winds and heavy rain.
The worst of the wind damage locally was in Trigg County, where Paula Flood of Trigg Emergency Management said trees on Bay Road and Airport Road were blown down during the first round of severe storms and trees were blown down in the Linton area in the second round.
About a thousand Pennyrile Electric customers in various parts of Trigg County lost power during the rough weather. A tornado warning was in effect for portions of Trigg during the early evening hours, but no funnel clouds or tornadoes were ever spotted.
There were isolated and short-lived power outages reported in Christian County and a few reports of trees down in Hopkinsville, but Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham said he knew of no injuries. A section of roofing was blown off a garage near the 7800 block of Pembroke Road and a barn was reportedly damaged near New Work Fellowship.
A dispatcher at the Christian County ECC said Little River Church Road and Woodmill Road were closed this morning due to standing water.
Christian County was under multiple severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the evening.
Blown down trees was also the story in Todd County, where several roads were blocked, including KY 475 near Trenton.
A vehicle reportedly hit a downed tree on Davis Mill Road, but the motorist was not hurt.
A Todd County dispatcher said she didn't know of any structural damage to any homes.
Flooding was the major story in Hopkins County, where North Main Street had to be closed in Madisonville and a driver had to be rescued after driving into standing water near the Parkway Plaza Mall. The motorist was not injured but it was just another example of why it’s so important to never drive into standing water.
Montgomery County was also under tornado warnings multiple times, but there were no reports of any major damage there.
The flooding got worse the farther west you went, including in Ballard County, where the situation was called life-threatening. Emergency Management officials there reported over half the county’s roads were covered by water at one point.
One thing local residents likely noticed for the first time was instant alerts on their smart phones that came with a startling beeping sound. GPS locating systems in the phone combined with information from the National Weather Service can now notify users of the warnings, no matter if they are at home or somewhere unfamiliar on vacation.