A line of storms knocked out power and flooded roads around Graves County Saturday morning.
Keith Todd, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Highways, reported several road closures due to flooding in the Graves County area Saturday morning. These include KY. 1283, south of the Ky. 58 intersection, and on Ky. 58 near the Hickman County line
Near Water Valley, U.S. 45 was closed with signs at the 1.5 mile marker.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Saturday until 9 p.m., with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour.
According to Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative's Facebook page, a reported 2,200 members were without power early Saturday morning. By 12:20 p.m., WKRECC had worked that number down to seven outages affecting only 58 of their members.
Graves County Emergency Management Director Tracey Warner said as of 2:26 p.m., the only road closure still in affect was Ky. 58 West toward Clinton.
Warner also said that some structures on Woodson Road in Southwestern Graves sustained some wind damage, and some chicken barns on Ky. 129 were completely destroyed. She said the National Weather Service will be out this week to assess the damage.
The KYTC (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet) reminds the public to avoid driving through flooded roadways and remember Turn Around- Don't Drown. They said even as little as 6 to 12 inches of moving water can push a vehicle off a roadway.
KYTC also reminds motorists to take the threat of high winds and heavy rain very seriously, and that if you encounter flooded roadways that are not marked by signs to be sure and note the mile point or a landmark, and then immediately report it to their 911 call center.
As always, KYTC said they will attempt to provide timely updates and advisories on roadway flooding but roadway conditions can make it difficult for them to report quickly changing roadway conditions.
KCTC also said timely traffic advisories will be posted for the 12 counties in Highway District One are available on their social media at www.facebook.com/kytvdistrict1. It is not necessary to be a Facebook member to access this page and be sure to hit refresh regularly to get the latest updates.