Ballard County declares state of emergency after tornado

This March 14, 2019, Local 6 photo shows storm damage on Hamburg Road in Ballard County, Kentucky.

BALLARD COUNTY, KY — Ballard County Judge Executive Todd Cooper has declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon because of a tornado that touched down in the morning.

A news release from the county says Cooper made the declaration at the recommendation of Ballard County Emergency Management Director Travis Holder. A tornado touched down on Blandville/Lovelaceville Road just west of Lovelaceville. The county says the tornado moved northeast for about 4 miles before crossing into McCracken County.

Ballard County says at least four homes were damaged — two of which might be total losses. No people were reported injured by the storm. The county says six or more barns were destroyed, and multiple cattle were hurt. Several cattle had to be put down when they were hit by flying debris at one location.

To contact the Ballard County Office of Emergency Management, call 270-665-5083.

McCracken County has also declared a state of emergency. For more information, click here.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking drivers to avoid western McCracken County and southeastern Ballard County because of the storm damage. For more information, click here.