Cleanup begins in western Ky. after tornado damage


MAYFIELD (AP) — Business and home owners have begun cleaning up after severe storms spawned a tornado in western Kentucky and left at least 10 people with minor injuries.

Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service says forecasters think the tornado was an EF 2 after a preliminary assessment of the area.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon told WPSD-TV that law enforcement will be patrolling areas to prevent looting.

Evie Elder told the station her nephew’s business, Elder’s Cycle, was destroyed. She said he and three others were trapped in rubble before passers-by helped them out.

Car salesman Ray Ralph told West Kentucky Star that workers at Bennett Motors were lucky to be alive. He says three buildings on the lot were leveled but the business office remains standing.

The storm destroyed homes as well.

Martie Winfrey said his trailer home is now a pile in his neighbor’s yard.

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