PRYORSBURG -- The Catfish House co-owner, James Hyatt, was outside his local restaurant Friday evening when he saw a storm coming.
"When I saw the winds pick up and saw the tree across the road (in front of Steel Magnolia) there, that's when I came over and tried to get everybody to move away from the windows," he said. "But by the time I was able to get to the dining room, it was already here."
A storm system rolled into the area from the north around 5:30 p.m. Friday with leading winds clocking in at near 70 mph., which downed trees and cut power to an estimated 15,000 Mayfield Electric and Water and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative customers combined.
That storm blew debris across U.S. 45 South into the Catfish House parking lot. Several cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported at the location despite a full restaurant and people waiting.
"That's the biggest thing," Hyatt said. "We're tickled to death that nobody got hurt."
He added: "I'm surprised the windows didn't go because of the debris out there. I just walked into the dining room to get everyone away from the windows when it hit."
Mayfield Electric and Water posted via social media Friday that crews were responding to multiple outages affecting 2,200 customers. The utility later reported at 11:14 p.m. that power had been restored to all of its customers.
Most businesses along Paris Road lost power due to the storm.
West Kentucky RECC reported nearly 12,400 members were without power. According to a press release from the cooperative, most of damage to West Kentucky RECC's lines and poles was reportedly the result of high winds, uprooted trees and broken limbs.
Power was restored to about 7,365 WKRECC members overnight and multiple crews were working Saturday to restore service to the remaining members still without service.
Graves County Sheriff's deputies spent much of Friday night checking roads and blocking others due to downed trees. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.
Several volunteer and civic fire departments worked to assist in areas where storm damage was reported, including Pryorsburg, Wingo and Cuba.
Damage to homes was reported across Graves County and Mayfield. A porch was blown away from its house structure in Pryorsburg and trees had blown down on houses north and south of Mayfield and in the city.
A limb was observed on a car off Ninth Street and also on 15th Street. Another limb had fallen onto houses at 13th Street and Hopewell Road. One had also fallen onto a dog pen at 15th and Lockridge in Mayfield; no dogs were injured.
In a report from Kentucky State Police Post 1, a strong line of storms blasted through the 11-county Post 1 district. Structure damage was reported in Graves, Carlisle, McCracken and Trigg counties with heavier damage cited in Pryorsburg and portions of Trigg County. Marshal County authorities reported broken and loose piers at Kentucky Dam Marina. There were numerous reports of trees and power lines downed by strong winds.