Russell County was spared the worst during the severe weather event over the weekend but neighboring Casey County saw flooding along US 127 in Liberty and numerous other secondary roads as more than five inches of rain fell in the area on Saturday.
In Taylor County, an EF-1 tornado touched down around 1 p.m., heavily damaging 10 homes and several outbuildings. The National Guard arrived there Sunday morning to “secure” the affected areas, according to Taylor County Emergency Management.
Several water rescues were also made in both Casey and Taylor counties, where local states of emergency were declared.
There were possible tornado touchdowns in nearby Green and Metcalfe counties that caused damage to several homes, according to reports.
Governor Andy Beshear declared a statewide state of emergency on Saturday as the storms moved through the state. The governor is expected to be in Hopkinsville today to assess damage there from Saturday’s storms, as well as to Graves and Hopkins counties to check on rebuilding efforts following the deadly December 10th tornado outbreak.