MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 7:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Paducah gave a preliminary report that an EF-2 tornado touched down northwest of Cunningham.
From NWS PAH storm survey...PRELIMINARY report: EF-2 tornado damage in western KY tornado this AM; track start 1 NW Cunningham KY.— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) March 14, 2019
Severe weather made its way through the western part of the state Thursday morning and it’s making its way across the state through the afternoon and evening hours.
The National Weather Service office in Paducah confirmed at least one tornado touched down in McCracken County and just missed their office in the western part of the city.
9:31 AM TORNADO JUST MISSED OUR OFFICE IN WEST PADUCAH. TAKE SHELTER NOW IF YOU'RE IN PADUCAH!!!!— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) March 14, 2019
9:26 PM: Confirmed tornado entering southwest McCracken County. TAKE SHELTER NOW PADUCAH, LONE OAK, AND SURROUNDING AREAS.— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) March 14, 2019
Kentucky State Police posted that there is only one confirmed non-life threatening injury so far. First responders are checking on everyone in the area to make sure they are okay.
Police also said about five square miles of western McCracken County were damaged by the tornado, including a preschool. 40 students were in the school at the time, but no one was hurt.
There is an evacuation center at Broadway United Methodist Church for anyone affected by the storm. Several roads in the area are shut down due to debris and downed power lines.
McCracken County declared a State of Emergency following the tornado's destruction.
High winds in Louisville damaged a parking garage at Norton Women and Children's Hospital. There's no actual structural damage, but the wind peeled away the exterior panel.
As the severe weather approaches Eastern Kentucky, here's what you can expect. Right now, the timeline for any severe storms looks to be between 6 and midnight, depending on your location. The further east you are, the later you'll see those storms.
The main threats are damaging wind and hail, but a brief isolated tornado can't be ruled out, especially in the counties under the slight and enhanced risk. You can read more about Thursday's forecast here.