Photo courtesy of National Weather Service
While the weather story of the weekend was heavy rains and a return to winter locally, a strong tornado touched down in one Pennyrile county Saturday.
The National Weather Service has determined an EF-2 tornado touched down around 3:18 Saturday afternoon near Hampton in Livingston County. The twister traveled northeast along Highway 838 for about 1.75 miles.
Maximum winds were estimated at 120 miles per hour and the tornado was about 175 yards wide. No one was injured or killed, but the sanctuary of one church was collapsed and a second church had the steeple and shingles blown off.
A few homes also sustained shingle damage. The survey team also found numerous trees blown down or snapped and several small out buildings with damage.
Statement from Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools:
Emergency Management in Montgomery County has advised of potential flooding of roadways in low-lying areas. Due to flooding on some roads in the area, schools will be delayed two hours on Monday, January 14. This delay will allow for improved visibility so that drivers may be cautious if road conditions are hazardous. Some bus routes may still be affected even with the delayed opening and vehicles may find some roads not passable. Buses will not attempt to drive on roads with standing water. Again, school opening tomorrow is delayed by two hours, which means students who ride the bus should be at their bus stops two hours after their normal time.
A single-vehicle wreck in Muhlenberg County Saturday morning injured a Bremen man, who would be cited into court on DUI charges.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 45-year old James May of Bremen was northbound on KY 181 around 1:10am when he ran off the road and traveled several hundred feet before hitting a tree.
He was taken by ambulance to Muhlenberg Community Hospital and treated for his injuries and was cited into court on his second DUI charge in the last five years. KSP says he was also not wearing a seat belt. The news release says toxicology tests are pending.
A good amount of rain has already fallen across the southern Pennyrile this morning and the National Weather Service says a Flash Flood Watch continues through the afternoon for western Kentucky and middle Tennessee as more can be expected.
The Mesonet site shows just over an inch of rain had fallen in Hopkinsville by 6:30 this morning, while 1.2 had fallen in Trigg County and eight tenths of an inch in Todd County.
Amounts to our west and northwest have been much higher, with water over the road in several places in Paducah and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service says 4.6 inches of rain has fallen in Paducah in the last 24 hours.
A severe thunderstorm and possible tornado did damage to a grain bin and a church gymnasium near Clinton in Hickman County yesterday.
The weather service says more heavy rains through the day could cause some flooding problems across western Kentucky in lower lying areas and near creeks and streams. Stay tuned to the WHOP family of stations and to our websites and Facebook page for the latest on this developing weather situation.
An unusual accident involving a flatbed hauler in Clarksville yesterday afternoon claimed the life of the driver.
Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says a 66-year old man was driving the flatbed hauler north on Frosty Morn Drive around 4pm when the loader shifted forward on the flatbed and continued until it came to rest on top of the tractor.
The driver was trapped inside and died from his injuries. A crane had to be brought in from Hopkinsville to remove the loader from the front of the cab.
The name of the victim is being withheld, pending family notification.