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McCracken County declares State of Emergency

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MCCRACKEN CO., Ky. -- The McCracken County Judge Executive's Office has declared a State of Emergency following a tornado Thursday morning.

Kentucky State Police say approximately five square miles of western McCracken County were affected, including the Mt. Zion Preschool Center on Blandville Road. Police say forty students were in the preschool at the time of the tornado. No students or teachers were injured.

Emergency crews went door-to-door checking on residents and assessing damage.

Only one non-life threatening injury was reported. McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter says a man was driving through the county from Cape Girardeau when the tornado hit. 

"When the tornado come across actually on the ground, it had already wrapped a grain bin up. It flipped the grain bin end-over-end, a very large grain bin, wrapped the pickup truck as he was traveling down the road up in it, actually flipped him upside down. That grain bin then became entangled in some live power lines so first responders had to wait until that power was shut off, obviously, until they could get to him," Carter explained. 

Several roads were closed due to debris and downed power lines. The American Red Cross opened an evacuation center at Broadway United Methodist Church for residents affected by the storm. 

Emergency management officials are gathering storm damage reports. Residents with damage may call Emergency Management at (270) 448-1530. 

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