Mayor Carter Hendricks has issued a statement regarding Saturday night’s tornado and how citizens may get involved to help in the cleanup and help those affected by the tornado.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Officials Mobilize Swiftly After EF2 Tornado Strikes Hopkinsville
Citizens Invited to Help
Hopkinsville, KY (February 26, 2018) – Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks extended a heartfelt thank you to city and county emergency responders for their swift and professional response to the weekend’s severe weather events. He noted, “Our community is so thankful and grateful to the utility linemen, police and fire personnel, emergency management staff, and property management team at Eagle Crossing who communicated effectively and worked together seamlessly to mitigate losses caused by the storm and related tornado as much as possible.”
Officials confirmed that on Saturday night at approximately 8:44 p.m. an EF2 Tornado with peak winds of 135 miles per hour touched down just west of Old Clarksville Pike near Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville. It moved eastward toward Calvin Drive and the Pennyrile Parkway/Pembroke Road interchange before heading into Christian County and ending around 8:51 p.m.
The tornado appears to have been the result of a severe thunderstorm for which the National Weather Service (NWS) issued advance warning at 8:30 p.m. However, despite the NWS’ diligent work at monitoring systems to spot tornados, the agency did not issue a tornado warning as the storm did not display enough early tornadic activity indicators. Absent a NWS-issued tornado warning, the Code Red emergency alert system also was unable to issue a tornado warning.
While significant property damage was experienced, thankfully, there were only minor injuries and no fatalities. Emergency shelter for displaced residents was initially set-up at the Thomas Street Recreation Department for use Saturday and Sunday night. Today, the American Red Cross is moving any displaced residents to Saint Johns United Methodist Church.
Immediately after the storm, first responders were on-scene at Eagle Crossing Apartments (the area hardest hit) to secure the environment, check buildings, and begin the recovery process. City and county officials are also working to issue a formal declaration of emergency today as work continues to permanently shelter those displaced and to restore a renewed sense of normalcy to the community.
City officials would like to extend a special thanks to the caring and compassionate citizens who have indicated an interest in lending a hand. Ways to assist are outlined below.
- Cash Donations
Funds to support some 148 displaced residents of 72 units at Eagle Crossing may be donated through the Go Fund Me account here as established by the Eagle Crossing’s parent company Brookside Properties.
- Clothing and other Household Donations
Families were forced to evacuate immediately leaving many without any personal items and clothing. Donations of supplies, materials, and clothing are being accepted by Salvation Army at 307 East 7th Street.
- Clean-Up Assistance
Clean-up and recovery volunteers are being coordinated by Hopkinsville Public Works which has already started the clean-up process. To volunteer your support, please call (270) 890-0700.
For additional questions about the emergency response, please call (270) 890-0200.