State of emergency declared in McCracken Co., Ky. due to tornado damage

A possible Tornado Touches down in McCracken County, leading to a state of Emergency
Published: Mar. 3, 2023 at 1:08 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2023 at 5:18 PM CST
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A state of emergency was declared in McCracken County due to tornado damage.

According to a release, McCracken County Judge Executive Craig Clymer made the declaration on Friday afternoon, March 3.

They said the most damage is in the Fremont community and includes damaged homes, as well as power lines and debris in roads.

Traffic is restricted within a 1-mile radius of Fremont to emergency crews only until further notice.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, emergency crews are in the area going house-to-house.

Thankfully, they say no injuries have been reported.

As of Friday evening, several roads are closed going into the main area of damage, which is around Hardmoney Road and Old Mayfield Road.

Roads going into the area that are closed include: Husbands/Geibe, Old Mayfield/Lebanon Church, Husbands/Hardmoney, Lovelaceville Florence Station/Houser and Old Mayfield/Bryan.

Deputies ask that people avoid this area as utility companies are out repairing damage, as well as crews are clearing roads and assessing damage.

If you go home and see crime scene or fire scene tape on a mailbox or door, they say you shouldn’t be alarmed. That was left so emergency responders knew the house was checked.

According to the sheriff’s office, there will be deputies in the area overnight “to deter anyone attempting to take advantage of the damage caused.”

Because the county judge executive declared a state of emergency for the county earlier on Friday, the penalty for such crimes increased.

KSP arrested one man for several offenses, including trespassing, on Friday afternoon.

Multiple surrounding agencies responded to McCracken County to help with storm damage response.