The Cadiz Record’s Accuweather.com Forecasting Service’s Meteorologist Alan Reppert said, “There were reports of tornados around Cadiz. In the evening the highest wind speed was about 110 miles per hour with the tornados. There may have been straight-line wind gusts of about 100 miles per hour.”
Reppert said that a warm wind from the south brought temperatures to about 73 degrees Tuesday afternoon when a cold front collided with it, creating the severe weather. He added that while temperatures fell only 12 degrees by Wednesday, the mercury continued to drop. By the evening, he reported a low temperature for the day f 36 degrees.
Heavy rains accompanied the storm in some areas. Reppert said that Hopkinsville recorded 1-¼ inches of rain with heavier downpours contributing two inches of rain in isolated areas.
Despite some property damage, Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark reported few incidents. “There were no accidents reported associated with the storm. It was relatively quiet. We had some trees and power lines go down, but emergency management personnel did their jobs. We had county road crews and the state highway Department come in. They did an excellent job.”
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said his department faced few problems other than the power outage as well, leaving the two traffic signals along Main Street darkened.
“We’ve sent officers to the intersections on different occasions. Most of the time the intersection at 139 and Main is treated as a four-way stop. The signal by Scot Market usually takes care of itself, with motorists on Lakota realizing that they have to stop,” Alexander added.
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