Eastern Kentucky tornadoes, floods kill 19

(CNN) — Spring Field, Kentucky — a town of some 300 in Mayfield, is rubble after a tornado on Sunday destroyed its entire downtown, uprooting trees and damaging homes. For residents of Spring Field,…

Eastern Kentucky tornadoes, floods kill 19

(CNN) — Spring Field, Kentucky — a town of some 300 in Mayfield, is rubble after a tornado on Sunday destroyed its entire downtown, uprooting trees and damaging homes.

For residents of Spring Field, “it’s bad, but it’s going to be OK,” said resident Wayne Cook. “There’s a bit of a fork in the road and we’re going on it.”

For him, the big question now is where.

“We’ll see how much property we own tomorrow morning and we’ll get the pieces to where we can live,” Cook said on Monday.

“I’ve never been hit so I really don’t know what to expect.”

Most everyone had relatives in another part of Kentucky that had suffered earlier in the weekend. A sudden shift of geography must now replace that data, said Derek Hocking, a resident.

Hocking has been told that the worst of the storm is over and that the destruction will be largely repairable. The utility companies have told him he can use a generator to get by.

He has a generator of his own in his house. And a dog named Jimmy who “digs holes” in his walls to keep out the wind.

“I was standing by the electrical box when it hit and it shook my windows,” he said. “It was pretty scary.”

On Monday morning, as residents were assessing the damage, they could at least get out and check out the damage. And to feel some normalcy, they could take shelter from the sound of day-after helicopters flying low over the storm’s path.

“I’m so thankful nobody got hurt,” said Hocking. “It’s just a mess.”

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin contributed to this report.

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