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Storms damage prison, some parts of county

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - Updated: 1:02 AM
Staff Report

Severe storms last week caused damage to property and structures around Lyon County last week.

Crews worked the morning after repairing damage and clearing trees from county roads after the storms moved through last Tuesday night.

Highs winds were part of the weather system that led to a tornado touching down in the Cuba Community of Graves County, according to the National Weather Service.

Lisa Lamb, with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, said the winds that ripped through the state caused "damage to seven of Kentucky's 12 state prisons. Torrential rain and wind was to blame for the severe damage."

Lyon County's Kentucky State Penitentiary and Western Kentucky Correctional Complex were two of the hardest hit, Lamb said, along with Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington.

A portion of the gymnasium at KSP was torn from the building and came to a rest against the inner perimeter fence.

The only reported injuries from the storm occurred at KSP and Kentucky State Reformatory; three staff members at KSP and one at KSR received non-life threatening injuries due to blowing glass, debris and equipment.

Several prisons were placed on lockdown status during and after the storm.

Some of the facilities are back to normal operations.

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