Storm leaves 7 injured at Hopkinsville plant - WKRN News 2

Storm leaves 7 injured at Hopkinsville plant

Posted: Updated: April 4, 2011 3:38 PM CDT

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – A severe line of storms injured seven people at the TG Automotive Sealing plant (TGASK) on Frank Yost Lane in Hopkinsville just before 12 p.m. Noon Monday.

Paul Ray, spokesperson with the Hopkinsville Police Department, said a likely tornado blew out a hole in the front of the plant and tore off much of the building's roof.

Those injured suffered minor injuries, including bumps and bruises, and were taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center. 

Ray told Nashville's News 2 it's a miracle no one was seriously hurt because when the storm punched a hole in the building, it sent thousands of sharp metallic objects flying.

Several electric poles outside the plant were flattened and bent in half, causing power outages in the area.

Ray said all of the facility's 184 employees have been accounted for.

TGASK manufactures weather striping for vehicles.

All operations were shut down and utilities turned off immediately after the storm blew through.

Storm threat continues, cooler temperatures to follow

Temperatures in the mid 60s Monday afternoon will continue to fall through the afternoon and evening.

A northwest breeze overnight will drop temperatures to the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.

It will be considerably cooler on Tuesday.  Despite some sunshine, temperatures are only expected in the mid 50s.

Temperatures are expected to rebound quickly with highs Wednesday again in the 60s and 70s.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions, visit WKRN.COM/Weather.  Read the latest blog post at NashvilleWX.com.

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