- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

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

Meteorologist Robin Smith in Paducah says the twister destroyed two homes and knocked down trees and power lines near the community of Mannington, about 20 miles north of Hopkinsville.

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

And in central Tennessee, Rutherford County emergency officials say the area has been “heavily impacted” after multiple reports of a tornado touchdown.

Authorities couldn’t immediately confirm damage or injuries but said they were responding to an area north of Murfreesboro and about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

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