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Severe Weather Tracks through Four Rivers Region

National Weather Service Paducah

At least three people died and thousands lost power when severe storms last night passed through Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri.  The storms spawned tornadoes that claimed lives in Perry County, MO as well as Ottawa and Crossville, IL.

In Kentucky, National Weather Service spotters said that high winds in Carlisle County tore the roof off of the Agri-Chem building near Bardwell and damaged structures in Arlington.  According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd, winds ripped the roof off of a nearby barn in Lyon County and deposited the debris in the right of way at the intersection of US 62/US 641

At the height of power outages in western Kentucky, Jackson Purchase Energy reported over 8,600 customers without power.  Paducah Power System reported just over 1,600 of their customers lost electricity.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office says he will visit the disaster sites in his state.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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