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Cleanup begins in west Kentucky following two tornadoes


HICKMAN, Ky. – Roads have been cleared and power restored after two tornadoes touched down in west Kentucky last week, but a mess remains.

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, in partnership with West Hickman Baptist Church, are joining an effort to rid the area of uprooted trees and scattered debris.

"Our teams are looking to bring help, healing and hope to our neighbors in western Kentucky," said Director Coy Webb.

The National Weather Service said an EF-1 and an EF-2 tornado, with winds up to 125 mph, swept through the region March 9. About 30 homes and businesses in Hickman, Ky., were damaged. No one was injured, authorities said.

Sections of highways were closed where the storm brought down power lines and utility poles. One section was shut down due to high water. Power outages forced Fulton County Schools to cancel classes last Friday.

About 80 inmates at the Fulton County Detention Center were temporarily relocated to neighboring correctional facilities because of roof damage. The Fulton County Highway Maintenance Facility was also among the buildings believed to have been struck by a tornado.