- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in southwestern Kentucky as part of a line of severe weather moving across parts of the Midwest and the South.

Meanwhile, hospital officials in central Tennessee say at least nine people have been hospitalized after reports of a tornado Friday.

Meteorologist Robin Smith in Paducah says the twister in Kentucky destroyed two homes and knocked down trees and power lines near the community of Mannington, about 120 miles southwest of Louisville.

Smith says the same storm dumped hail, some as large as eggs.

In Tennessee, dispatchers at the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency said the area has been “heavily impacted” after several eyewitness reports of a tornado on the ground.

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