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GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

Residents in Graves County, Kentucky who lost their home or possessions may apply for help from the Tornado Relief Fund.

According to the Graves County Sheriff's Office, if you were affected by the EF3 tornado on May 10 in Graves County, you complete an application for Tornado Relief Funds.

Applications are available at the Graves County Judge Executive's Office, Mayfield City Hall and the Expo Center at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds.

For more information, you can call 270-247-3626 or 270-247-1981.

Applications are due by June 17.

More help available for Graves Co. residents

At around 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, His House Ministries, who is the forefront for tornado emergency response, said so far they have received $38,300 in donations for the tornado victims.

Two banks in Mayfield have also donated. They teamed up to give $5,000 to the Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund.

Dozens of Mayfield storm victims went to a donation center on Thursday to get any items they may need during this difficult time.

We talked to Cynthia Purcell, whose stepmom lost her home in Tuesday's storm. She said the help her family received is making this tragedy a little easier.

"It's just overwhelming. As small as the community is, the gratitude and support is much larger than any storm," she said. "We're truly blessed that no one was injured or got killed or anything, so that is what we're thankful for."

The donation center opened on Thursday, May 12 at the Julian Carroll Expo Center on the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds.

Individuals and families in need of assistance may pick up food, water and other items; including clothing and blankets, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Woodmen of the World provided a free lunch for tornado victims and relief workers at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12. 

A free lunch for tornado victims and relief workers was also offered on Friday, May 13, starting at 11:30 a.m. It was sponsored by Hamilton-Ryker at their new location at 1417 Highway 45 North, beside Howard D. Happy.

Volunteers walked up and down the street on Wednesday handing out water and Gatorade to anyone who needed it. They served lunch to those cleaning up their properties, anyone impacted by Tuesday's tornado; all while law enforcement kept tabs on the area.

Organizers said this is the least they could do.

They hoped to feed more than 100 people for dinner on Wednesday. Organizers planned to set up shop at about 5:30 p.m. and feed anyone who was hungry along Wayne Drive.

The Salvation Army was giving out clothing vouchers to people to take to the Paducah store and get free clothes.

According to Captain Jeremy Prince with the Graves County Sheriff's Office, the First Baptist Church in Mayfield opened its doors for anyone displaced by the tornado. The church will be used as a shelter until further notice for anyone who needs it.

Reporting damage

Authorities held a press conference on Wednesday, May 11 regarding the Graves County, Kentucky tornado.

During the press conference, Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said crews will be out assessing the damage for the remainder of the week. He called this the worst tornado in the region since the Brookport, Ill. tornado in November 2013.

He asked that people stay away from the areas that were hit by the tornado because people coming to look at the damage are hampering their efforts to assess the damage and start the clean up. Redmon went on to say that those caught looting will be arrested.

The Graves County EMA director asked that all business and home damage reports be emailed to gclepc@gmail.com.

The amount of damage sustained will determine whether Graves County will qualify for federal aid in the coming weeks.

An official damage dollar assessment will not be available for weeks, but county officials expect it will top $3 million.

Donation and volunteer information

"His House Ministries" in Mayfield has started collecting donations through a fund called "Mayfield Tornado Relief" to help those without insurance pay for cleanup and to get reestablished. According to lead pastor Chad Lamb, donations will be accepted online.

"They didn't have insurance, and so there's a great need there for financial donations for manpower, to back here to clean the debris," Lamb said. "There's nails sticking up, there's glass."

Donors can also send cash or check to the church at 1250 State Route 303 Mayfield, Ky. 42066. Donors are asked to earmark the money "Mayfield Tornado Relief" c/o His House Ministries.

They say currently, they are in need of bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, furniture, diapers, wipes, hygiene supplies, etc.

The church is working with the Graves County Sheriff's department and local government to ensure all the money collected is accounted for and distributed properly.

The Julian Carroll Expo Center on the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds has been set up as a donation site for anyone wishing to give supplies or household items to help those affected. The Red Cross has also been called in to help.

The Hope Center is collecting diapers and wipes.

Lamb also said volunteers have come forward from across the country. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call the church and ask for pastor Tony Adams at 270-247-7772. Those in need of help are also asked to call that number so that volunteers can be sent to help.

Calloway County Fire and Rescue are also collecting donations. You can drop off bottled water, snack foods, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc. on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Calloway County Fire and Rescue building.

Picking up the pieces

Residents were left going through debris in the aftermath of what the National Weather Service is calling an EF3 tornado.

Hawkins Used Auto Parts has been in Mayfield for 62 years, a family-owned business that everybody in the community recognizes.

The tornado on Tuesday ruined the backside of the shop owned by Glenn and Debra Hawkins.

Debra said she's thankful that the car is at the salvage shop or not picked up and dropped somewhere else by the tornado. She said cars were moved around, but stayed within the confines of the property.

However, trees fell down and the shop was demolished. Now the Hawkins are rebuilding and some community members were out on Friday, May 13 to help.

Community members say they hope what they do would be given back to them if they were to be in that situation. They say that everyone needs a helping hand, and they want God's grace.

Angie Winfrey's home on Wayne Drive was hit.

She said the first thing she is going to do is go to the insurance company.

Winfrey said if it wasn't for her husband getting the neighbors out of their house, they might have been in the rubble.

"Take those warnings seriously because, you know what, there's many of times that I would be sitting here and they would come across the news about a tornado warning or I would hear the sirens and I would not go anywhere and I would just stay here," Winfrey said. "I guess that I wasn't taking it serious. I didn't think it would happen. This goes to show you that it can happen."

Winfrey said she's never been in this situation before, and she is taking it one step at a time.

Carol Lipp's parents live on Wayne Drive. She said she had to run to her parents' house because the entire street was blocked by debris.

She said her mom and dad only had seconds to seek shelter under their pickup truck because they don't have a basement.

Lipp said her parents are in the hospital, her mom's neck was broken from flying debris, but she said they will be ok. She said they are just lucky to be alive.

"I kept screaming, 'Where is my mom? Where is my mom?' And then my neighbor said she is at the hospital and there is your dad and I lost," Lipp said. "I fell to the ground. I couldn't believe that they were alive. They got out 10 seconds before it imploded, and everything was gone."

Lipps' parents' home blew off of its foundation and rolled across their street and into their neighbor's yard. All of their personal belongings were thrown everywhere. However, they were able to recover some small things including her mom's wedding ring.

Tornado touches down in Graves County, KY

The National Weather Service confirmed on Wednesday that an EF3 tornado touched down in Graves County, Kentucky and an EF0 tornado touched down in Hardin County, Illinois on Tuesday.

More than 6,000 homes were without power after the tornado.

By 11:07 on Tuesday night, about 50 people were left without power.

The damage was so bad in some areas, the service to some homes was disabled and wasn't counted in those numbers.

Linemen were up from almost 24 hours straight trying to respond to power outages. Crews continued to work throughout the night until 2:30 in the morning, went home and then came back early on Wednesday morning to replace poles and re-string lines.

"We had crews work through the night and early into the morning," said lineman Dale Madding.

"Very continuous, hard work by those crews," said Georgann Lookofsky, with West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative. "They went home, got a little bit of rest, came back early the next morning and got back to work."

Other electric cooperatives from other areas also had to be called in to help.

Senator Mitch McConnell made a statement on the Senate floor on Wednesday about the tornadoes.

"I want to say a few words about the severe weather that hit my home state of Kentucky yesterday," he said. "A large tornado touched down in Mayfield in Graves County. It damaged homes and businesses and reportedly injured ten people as it made its way through western Kentucky."

McConnell went on to say, "Kentuckians are, as always, reaching out to help their neighbors in times of distress, with reports that local churches and businesses have opened their doors to those displaced by the tornadoes as they recover. We're thinking today of all the Kentuckians who've been hurt by this severe weather."

KSP confirmed that 10 people were injured after a tornado touched down on Tuesday afternoon in Graves County. They were taken to area hospitals where they were treated for non- life threatening injuries.

According to Dave Anderson, the CEO of Jackson Purchase Medical Center, his facility received eight patients.

Four of those patients were brought in by ambulance, another person was brought in by law enforcement, and everyone else came to the facility by personal vehicle. Most of those injured had sprains and abrasions and have been released from the hospital.

One person had a femur fracture and another received a concussion.

The patients ranged in age from a child to adults.

Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service says the tornado appears to have been on the ground for about 7 miles. Preliminary reports show the tornado likely reached a peak of intensity of 140 mile an hour winds.

According to police, they were notified that a severe thunderstorm had produced a tornado at about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 near Mayfield.

Police say preliminary investigations show that the tornado developed in the western part of Graves County and began a path east across the county.

They say multiple schools, including Graves County Middle School, high school, board of education and central elementary were in the path of the tornado.

According to police, the tornado traveled close to the buildings, but initial reports show they were able to avoid any significant damage.

The tornado then traveled into the city of Mayfield, causing significant damage to homes and businesses before continuing northeast through the county. Police say the majority of the damage east of Mayfield was contained to trees and fields with some homes affected.

Kentucky State Police set up a command post just outside the Old General Tire Plant building in Mayfield.

The Kentucky State Police, Graves County Sheriff's Office, Mayfield Police Department, Graves County Department of Emergency Management, Graves County Fire and Rescue, Kentucky Transportation Department, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mayfield Fire Department, North Graves Volunteer Fire Department, Viola Fire Department, Clear Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Lowes Volunteer Fire Department , West Kentucky Rural Electric Company and Atmos Energy are all still on scene assessing the situation and responding to incidents at necessary.

We were in Mayfield, Kentucky where several homes and business were destroyed.

This was Grandpa's Attic, an antique shop in Mayfield:

This video was taken at a Mayfield car dealership:

Eyewitnesses reported the tornado passed north of the courthouse, north edge of Mayfield and north of city limits. They say the body shop north of town off of 121 was destroyed.

The Graves County Sheriff's Office said a house collapsed on Spence Chapel Road, just off of 131.

Graves County deputies were taking ATVs out to get to homes to check for injuries.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the tornado was spotted on the north side of Purchase Parkway and heading northeast. They report it crossed Purchase Parkway near the Graves/Marshall Co. line.

The National Weather Service in Paducah also reported a tornado on the ground, crossing Highway 45. They report there was damage and debris in the area.

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the Graves County Office of Emergency Management reported 13 houses were destroyed, 10 houses were damaged, three agriculture complexes were damaged, five commercial buildings were destroyed, four commercial buildings were damaged.

Preliminary reports show the damage caused by the tornado event could cost in the millions.

KSP: Tornado touched down in Trigg County, KY

Preliminary reports show a second tornado event ripped through western Kentucky after tornadoes touched down in other parts of the state early in the afternoon.

Troopers with the Kentucky State Police said they saw a tornado on the ground in the eastern part of Trigg County near the Trigg/Christian County line at approximately 7:16 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

KSP reports structural damage to some barns in the area of KY 126 north of KY 128.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was sighted near Cerulean, Ky. around the area of Buffalo Road and Highway 128. Damage to a house was reported, but the residents inside were able to get out.

No injuries were reported with this tornado.

Storms in southeast MO the night before

Powerful storms also moved through the Heartland overnight on Monday into Tuesday.

According to First Alert Chief Meteorologist Grant Dade, the strongest line of storms was between Dexter and Sikeston with the radar showing over 80 mph winds.

The National Weather Service issued damage reports from Doniphan through Naylor and into Poplar Bluff. Damage was also reported along Highway 60 through Dexter and Sikeston.

About 2 miles north of Poplar Bluff, trees and limbs were down in the area of County Road 527, with one big tree on top of a house. 

The storms are also the likely cause for more than 3,000 power outages across Stoddard County.

As of 5 a.m., Ameren was reporting more than 1,000 customers were still in the dark.

The Ripley County Sheriff's Department reports high winds downed trees across the area and cut power for several hours.

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