Storms kill 4 people in Kentucky, Arkansas

A severe thunderstorm blew through parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, causing damage to structures and killing at least two people.

Severe storms in the South and Central US have claimed four lives Saturday.

Three people in Kentucky died in storms that included at least one tornado, and one death was reported in Arkansas.

A 79-year-old woman died when she was hit by debris in her southwestern Kentucky home, said the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. 

A tornado that passed through the area was likely EF-2 in strength, said the National Weather Service. That means winds may have gusted up to 110 mph.

The county’s emergency management office said some structures, including barns and grain bins, were damaged.

A man was found dead in Simpson County, Kentucky after his car became submerged in a creek, reported WSMV.

In Robertson County, on the other side of the border with Tennessee, there were also reports of overturned vehicles, windows blown out and downed trees.

Another unidentified man in Union County, Kentucky died when his car was submerged in a ditch filled with storm water.

In Knobel, Arkansas, Albert Foster, 83, died when his trailer home was blown away by storms passing through, said Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller in a post on the department’s official Facebook page.

Power outages, downed power poles and flooded roads were reported in the county, the sheriff’s office said.

Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties – along the Ohio River and in southern Ohio – “due to dangerous conditions resulting from severe storms and heavy rain.”

“I urge people to stay safe by staying informed, not taking any chances and checking in on your neighbors, especially seniors and families with young kids,” Kasich said in a press release.

Parts of Kentucky and Tennessee were under a tornado watch until early Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.