‘Expected’ loss of life after severe tornado hit Mayfield


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MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVF) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency following tornadoes in western Kentucky on Friday night. A tornado swept through Mayfield, Kentucky, leaving a massive wake of damage and destroying several buildings.

The Kentucky National Guard and Kentucky State Police have been activated to assist affected communities.

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Damage to buildings in Court Square in Mayfield, Ky., By a tornado on Friday December 10
Mayfield 3 Storm Damage

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Damage to buildings in Court Square in Mayfield, Ky., By a tornado on Friday December 10
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Damage to buildings in Court Square in Mayfield, Ky., By a tornado on Friday December 10

According to WPSD Local 6The Graves County Emergency Management Office says a shelter has been opened at Mayfield High School. They also say people who can walk safely can get to Fire Station 1 at 211 E. Broadway Street.

As of midnight, no deaths were reported, but Kentucky State Police said loss of life was “expected.”

West Kentucky Rural Electric says power outages in the area could be “long,” as transmission lines are down and there is “widespread damage” to their system. They also add that cell phone towers have been damaged and phone lines are overwhelmed.

Storm watchers say debris was thrown 30,000 feet into the air.

It is a current situation. More information will be added as it becomes available.


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