One death is confirmed the result of a suspected tornado that struck near Benton in Marshall County yesterday. The storms that struck western and west-central Kentucky left at least 40 people injured. Two people who were listed in critical condition at the Regional Medical Center in Madisonville last night were transferred, but hospital officials aren't saying where they were taken. A third person originally listed in critical condition remains at the Medical Center, but is now listed in satisfactory condition.
Madisonville Mayor Karen Cunningham says some 30 houses in the city were either destroyed or substantially damaged by a tornado or high winds. Another 20 homes were destroyed in Earlington, with damage to many others. A storm believed to have been a tornado leveled a convenience store on Kentucky 70 between Madisonville and Anton.
Governor Fletcher and Adjutant General Donald Storm have begun a tour of storm-damaged areas of Western Kentucky this morning. The governor's office reports they are on schedule and were to touch down by helicopter at the Earlington Elementary School in Madisonville to get started.
The more heavily populated areas of Kentucky escaped the twisters yesterday. The Louisville area had no major damage, but a few trees were blown down in Oldham County. About one-thousand homes lost power, but it is mostly restored this morning by Louisville Gas and Electric crews. Lexington reported no effects from the storm.