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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Reports of storm damage are coming in across a wide swath of the WDRB viewing area, including confirmed tornados in Hodgenville and Hardin County.
According to a clerk in the Larue County Sheriff's Office, he personally witnessed a subdivision virtually "wiped out." He said he saw a funnel cloud sweep down and hit several homes in a subdivision off of Lincoln Blvd., near a gas station called IGA Express.
He said the structures are still standing, but lots of roofs are gone and the exteriors of several homes are damaged. He said practically every home was, "torn to pieces." He continued, "It's like it just came down, wiped that subdivision out and then went back up."
He says he saw this when he went to make sure a friend was OK.
There are power outages all over Hodgenville. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
A WDRB News crew in Elizabethtown, Ky. saw damage including at least one home along Hodgenville Road with its roof ripped off, along with widespread debris.
Siding and insulation were among the debris along Lincoln Parkway near the Harry Owen Trucking Company. One telephone pole had twisted metal wrapped around it. Several trucks were damaged, as well.
Firefighters were using chain saws to clear roads and move debris.
One neighbor was concerned about a home that had been struck where two-year-old twins lived. The neighbor said the family was just "thankful to be alive...they heard everything coming down around them, but they're OK."
The Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown has opened as a shelter for storm victims.
Officials with Hardin County Schools asked parents not to pick up their children, saying they felt students were safer remaining in the schools rather than getting on the road to go home.
In Grayson County, Sheriff's Office dispatch has received reports of a tornado touchdown (that is unconfirmed until the National Weather Service confirms it.) Several houses have been damaged in Grayson County, and many power lines are down. One call said a subject in a wheelchair was trapped in a house.
This damage centers around Hwy 224, also called Millers Town Road, around the Clarkson area and Horntown.
Clarksville Fire Department Chief Andy Cain reports that one person was injured after a trailer was damaged. That person has been pulled out of the trailer and is going to be treated by EMS. No word on the extent of the injuries.
He says probably a mile of Old Millerstown Road has been affected. It is covered in trees and debris and they are having to cut through it to access other areas of the county.
According to Grayson County 911 dispatchers, the EMS director is calling surrounding counties for assistance. A command center is being set up on Hwy. 224 near Old Millerstown Road, four or five miles out from Clarkson.