Dry conditions see some relief from Monday storms
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A tree knocked down by the storm in the McDonald's parking lot in Benton.
Alan Reed/ Tribune-Courier A tree knocked down by the storm in the McDonald's parking lot in Benton.
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By Alan Reed

Tribune-Courier News Editor

areed@tribunecourier.com

Heavy rains and strong winds scoured Marshall County with the passage of a thunder storm Monday afternoon.

Christine Wielgos, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Paducah, said reported wind gusts over 50 m.p.h. And over an inch of rain.

“We had some reports of trees down in the Benton area, and from Possum Trot, we heard about winds damaging a metal storage building,” Wielgos said.

Describing the winds as straight-line with strong gusts, Wielgos knew of no observations of tornados or funnel clouds.

“The rainfall was sporadic in west Kentucky,” Wielgos said. “Benton saw over an inch, but our office here at the airport in Paducah only saw 0.13 of an inch.”

Keith Todd, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, issued a report Monday of numerous trees blowing down through the county. He did not report any trees in roads or road closures due to blockage or flooding.

Izell White, spokeswoman for Jackson Purchase Energy said it was possible some outlying regions of the county saw outages, widespread outages were confined to the Reidland area of McCracken County and Livingston County.

Wielgos called for no rain in the forecast through at least Friday. The weekend could see some rain and isolated thunder storms. She added west Kentucky may stand a better chance than other regions for rain, and remains in drought conditions.

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