Kentucky tornado destroys grain elevators, chicken coops

Producers are working to recover from dozens of tornadoes that swept through six different states over the weekend, including a giant storm with winds of up to 200 miles an hour that tore grain elevators apart, destroyed chicken coops and killed at least 64 people in nine Kentucky counties.

Parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee were hit by tornadoes, but Kentucky was one of the most devastating in the form of a large storm, rated EF3 or superior by the National Meteorological Service, has traveled over 200 miles around the state and torn apart many of the towns it has passed through.

The tornado – with winds reaching up to 206 miles per hour at its peak – entered western Kentucky shortly before 9 p.m. Friday night. After moving to the state, it passed through the town of Cayce and, 20 minutes later, passed through Mayfield, tearing apart two of Pilgrim’s hatcheries, the town’s Hutson John Deere dealership and the buildings and grain elevators of the Mayfield Grain Company, according to Ryan. Quarles, the Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.

In one Facebook postQuarles said the storm also damaged Britain’s Princeton Research Farm, Graves County Food Bank, nearly 15 chicken coops and grain systems from Mayfield to Bowling Green.

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“What we’re looking at is a massive cleanup effort,” Quarles told Jeff Nalley of the Cromwell Ag Radio Network on Sunday. “My staff have worked with livestock producers in particular to deal with animal safety, animal health and animal disposal. “

Quarles said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is working with the USDA to help producers depopulate their herds and herds. He said he knows of a dairy that has been forced to depopulate some of its livestock and is now trying to save as many animals as it can.

Additionally, the Graves County, Kentucky pantry has been completely wiped out. Quarles said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is working with FEMA, USDA and the governor’s office to get food to the affected area and will compile a list of complete county-by-county needs over the next two weeks. .

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved in the recovery effort,” Quarles told Nalley. “We will overcome this with agriculture, but we want to make sure that we are supporting the recovery effort now for those who are missing.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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