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Wind, storm damage in KY

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A couple of Murray, Kentucky businesses are cleaning up after losing their roofs due to the high winds.

The manager of the local True Value store says the winds  hit around midnight and tore off a big chunk of roof and the front part of the building.

The owner of the local Napa Auto Parts store says they lost the roof off three different warehouses and the contents inside are wet and ruined.

All over town, the sound of chainsaws can be heard as people start cleaning up all the trees, limbs and debris that was blown over last night.

One woman describes the sound as unbelievable.

Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Calloway County Jeff Steen says crews have worked all night and are getting their first look in daylight of the damage after 100 mph straight-line winds came through Murray and Calloway County.

More than 7,000 were out of power in county overnight.  As of 6:30 a.m. about 5,700 were without power.  Power companies have called in help to get power on more quickly.

Murray State University canceled classes on Tuesday.

Crews have major roads open, but many others are closed off by debris.

Emergency management is meeting at 8 a.m.

Steen says at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday 100 mph straight-line winds came through Murray and Calloway County.

He said 60 percent of the county and 60-70 percent of Murray was out of power around 4:30 a.m. Some power was restored but it could take several hours or one to two days to fully restore all power.

Water, sewer and phone operations are running and emergency services along with road crews and the fire department are out clearing trees from roads.

He reports no injuries but barns are down, a roof was torn off a strip mall in Murray, Ky. and a storage warehouse was destroyed.

Murray and Calloway County schools are closed Tuesday because of no power, no damage has been reported for the schools or hospital.

EMS officials are asking residents to do the following:

  • Stay off the roads because there is still debris across them and many traffic signals do not work.
  • Stay away from downed trees and power lines
  • If you have a generator, do not feed into power lines. This means do not hook into your fuse box unless you have an isolation switch installed.
  • Do not run a generator in your home or garage because of carbon monoxide danger.

EMS is looking at the damage and considering declaring a state of emergency to help with recovery efforts. The governor has already declared a state of emergency for flooding.

The Kentucky State Police is reporting several trees and power lines down throughout Calloway County and southern Graves County after a line of storms around midnight.

Police say there was a home in southern Graves County near the Tennessee state line that had a tree fall on it. One person was inside at the time and was able to get out uninjured.

This is the same line of storms that the National Weather Service reported as leaving hundreds of trees uprooted in Calloway County.

According to NWS there was also an eight foot section of wall at the Pella Windows plant in Murray that was blown out.

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