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.
Rex Johnson (far right) is seeking another term.
There is now a contested race for fiscal court magistrate in Todd County after an incumbent filed for re-election.
District 2 Magistrate Rex Johnson of Sharon Grove filed to seek another term as a Democrat and will face Todd County Road Department employee William Sweeney in the May Primary.
The District 2 race is currently the only contested fiscal court race in Todd County and all five incumbents have now filed for re-election.
No one was injured when a pickup hit a house in Todd County Thursday morning.
Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson says the incident happened around 7:20 at the intersection of Stringtown Road and West Jeff Davis Highway.
Sheriff Johnson says 16-year old Hunter Case of Elkton had been southbound on Stringtown when his brakes failed at the stop sign. His pickup went through the intersection and into the 3699 West Jeff Davis Highway home of Howard Fowler.
The home was heavily damaged, but no one was injured in the vehicle or house.
Todd County Election Filings
Daryl Greenfield (r) incumbent
Kent Knight (d)
Harold “Mac” Johns (d) incumbent
Tracy White (d)
Giles Taylor (d)
W. D. Billy Stokes (d)
Tim Porter (r)
Bruce Marklin (r)
Kim Chapman (d) incumbent
Greg Allen (d) incumbent
Perry Stokes (d) incumbent
Robert “Bob” Whittlesey (d) incumbent
Circuit Judge (non-partisan)
Tyler Gill incumbent
District Judge (non-partisan)
Kentucky Supreme Court (non-partisan)
Kentucky Court of Appeals District 1 (non-partisan)
Christopher Shea Nickel
16th District State Representative
Martha Jane King (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 1
Alfred Blake (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 2
William Sweeney (d)
Rex Johnson (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 3
John Camp (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 4
Brent Spurlin (d) incumbent
Magistrate District 5
Jimmy Turner (d) incumbent
updated last 12/04/2013 01:34 pm.
Hopkinsville City Council heard a report from the city's electric utility during the final meeting of 2013.
Hopkinsville Electric System's recent audit came back clean, according to a representative of the auditing agency who spoke.
HES General Manager Austin Carroll gave a comprehensive report on the last year's activities and on the utility's structure.
Carroll says about 80-percent of their revenues go to pay obligations to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
He says the average residential customer in Hopkinsville has a bill lower than all cities of similar size in the area, except Bowling Green.
Carroll says their broadband service has expanded into Trigg and Todd counties and has begun with commercial customers.
HES customers were recently asked to take a survey and Carroll says over 90-percent were at least satisfied with their level of service.
In other business, council approved final reading of ordinances relating to the treatment of pets and regarding the placing of yard sale signs.
Several fire-fighters and police officers were recognized for recent promotions and we will have a separate story on that in the coming days.
Council members Charlie Henderson and Ann Cherry were absent.
Thursday's Committee of the Whole meeting has been canceled.