A busy time for emergency personnel following tornadoes, now prepping for winter weather

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It has been a very eventful past month with severe weather.

From a massive EF-3 tornado ripping through Bowling Green and surrounding counties, taking lives and destroying hundreds of homes locally to record breaking warm temperatures on Christmas day to several New Years Day tornadoes in the area.

Now we are looking toward some frigid temperatures coming up throughout the rest of the week with an extremely cold Friday low.

“Our crews have had a lot thrown at them in the last month or so and they’ve been working nonstop, sometimes long hours, sometimes over the night hours depending on the storm system. So we’ve had to switch from debris clean up to snow and ice mode,” said Wes Watt, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster for everybody. You know, one thing, we think we’re getting a grasp on something and then we have severe weather three weeks later and we’re kind of having to start all over again,” said Travis Puckett, deputy director of Warren County Emergency Management.

With all of these events, emergency personnel, road crews and FEMA workers have been working non-stop and are now preparing for ice and snow later on this week.

“We are prepared. All of our salt supplies is in good shape. Our equipment is in good shape. We’ll just have to wait and see what this next winter system brings. Hopefully, it won’t bring anything. But if it does, we are prepared to respond. The colder temperatures do present challenges to us if it drops to cold then our salt won’t work,” said Watt.

“I think we are as prepared as we can be. We just have to stand at the plate and see what pitch is thrown at us and then try to knock it out of the park,” said Puckett.

Crews are preparing but remind the public to be weather aware and prepared for severe weather as the cold winter months begin.

FEMA officials have not yet said whether or not Saturday’s tornado damage will be covered by FEMA disaster relief.