Residents Assess Damage In Tornado's Aftermath

Posted at 10:05 AM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 07:02:20-04

Residents in Graves County, Kentucky began assessing the damage after a tornado moved through the area on Tuesday.

According to preliminary investigations, a tornado developed in the western part of Graves County around 2:45 p.m. and stayed on the ground for about 30 minutes as it traveled east.

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Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service said the tornado was at least an EF2. However, the tornado was later upgraded to an EF3, with winds peaking around 140 mph. 

The tornado traveled 19 miles and extended into Marshal County -- making it the region's largest tornado in three years. The last tornado of this magnitude occurred on November 17, 2013 in Illinois and killed three people. 

No fatalities were reported in Kentucky. 

Three teams were brought in to assess all of the damage.

Multiple schools including Graves County Middle School, High School, Board of Education, and Central Elementary were in its path. Though the schools did receive damage, none of it was significant. 

However, in once in Mayfield, homes and businesses were heavily damaged, but the destruction was contained to mainly trees and some homes.

From there, the storm continued northeast through the county. 

Officials with the Graves County Sheriff's Office said about 30 structures were either damaged or destroyed. 

Nine out of 10 families have been displaced by the storm. 

As of right now, the damage was estimated to be around $3 million. Emergency management officials said they may request federal aid to assist in the rebuilding efforts.