PADUCAH, Ky. (WZTV) — The family of an 86-year-old man says he is lucky to be alive after vicious winds barreled through Paducah on Thursday morning. The elderly man was left to grip a wall as a tornado ripped through his home.
Broken glass lines the ground leading into the man's home. Installation from the house he lived in for 20 years covers the treetops.
The sound of the wind is met with noise from electric crews working to clean live power lines scattered across the yard.
The front door is barely left on its hinges and the glass is completely gone. Ceilings caved in and portions of the roof blown off leave the man's family thankful that he's still with them.
They say their loved one is still shaken up from Thursday morning's tornado. Family members tell FOX 17 News the man didn't have a basement to resort to, so in shock, he held onto the wall.
Moving through the home, memories still have a place there with little notes on mirrors and some pictures still hanging on the walls.
Other rooms show destruction like a brick fireplace thrown from the wall and belongings strewn everywhere.
A wall smashed the man's truck, so he will need a new one. But through the rubble, the family feels blessed the man is OK.
His house isn't the only property in Paducah impacted. Pieces of barns, chunks of grain bins and slabs of debris blocked areas near U.S. 62 from Kentucky 305 to Kentucky 286 in McCracken County early Thursday.
Preliminary surveys from the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky report EF-2 tornado damage in western Kentucky.
NWS teams will continue surveying damage in the area Thursday evening into Friday morning.