Thankfully there were no fatalities reported after a tornado touched down and tore through parts of Lamar County late Friday afternoon, according to a joint release from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar County Emergency Management.
At about 4 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Lamar County. Shortly after, a tornado was confirmed on the ground in west Lamar County.
The storm traveled north/northeast through Hopewell, Caviness, Beaver Creek and Powderly. At this time, there were about either 50 homes damaged or destroyed. At the time of the press release, late Friday night, there were 10 injured persons treated at Paris Regional Medical Center, two critical but stable.
“THERE ARE NO FATALITIES REPORTED AT THIS TIME.”
State and local partner in Lamar County are currently assisting with storm response and evaluation. There will be multiple state and local agencies in the are over the next several days helping to assess, evaluate and clean up damage.
Law enforcement requests that if you do not live in the storm affected areas, please stay away.
A Red Cross Shelter has been stood up at Lamar Ave. Church of Christ, 3535 Lamar Ave. in Paris for those displaced by the storm.
Lamar County Judge Brandon Bell has declared a disaster for Lamar County.
“Please keep the affected families, those injured, and First Responders in your thoughts and prayers, as they deal with the recover efforts.”
More information will be released as it becomes available.