Strong Storms Leave Injuries, Damaged Homes In KY

Severe storms moved through parts of
Kentucky on Friday, injuring three people, dropping hail and
knocking down trees and power lines.
A mother and two children were hurt when a line of strong
thunderstorms moved through southern Kentucky in the early morning
hours, knocking over their trailer near Bowling Green.
Tara Duvall, a spokeswoman for Warren County Emergency
Management, said all three were taken to area hospitals, but their
identities and conditions remained unavailable Friday evening.
"Apparently, the trailer rolled twice and fell apart," Duvall
Brian Geringswald, deputy director of emergency management in
Warren County, said all three people were taken to The Medical
Center in Bowling Green. A child was later transferred to
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.,
Geringswald said.
Charles Foster, who lives nearby, said he didn't know the
family, but helped pull one of the children from the wreckage.
"I ran up there and helped. There was a little girl, 6 or 7
years old, standing by the wall that had crumbled and had the
mother and little boy pinned under the trailer," Foster told the
Daily News of Bowling Green. "The little girl looked OK."
The storms were part of a system that spawned tornadoes and even
snow and flooded nearly 200 roads in Missouri, closed schools in
Arkansas and ripped off the roofs of dozens of houses in Texas.
Monica French, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Division of
Emergency Management, said marble-sized hail was reported in
Christian County, with smaller hail in Henderson County in western
Hail also damaged some homes, businesses and cars in
Richardsville, north of Bowling Green, while straight-line winds
toppled trees and some utility poles, Duvall said.
Another line of storms that had the potential to spawn
tornadoes, hail and flash floods moved through Kentucky later in
the day after damaging several homes and injuring one person in
That line knocked the roof off of a trailer and onto Highway 11
in Clay County, blocking the road, said Angela Johnson, a
spokeswoman for the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The storm also
knocked down several power lines and damaged the roofs of a few
homes, Johnson said.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Dwaine Barnett in Columbia said
hail fell in Cumberland County, but much of south-central Kentucky
avoided major damage from the storm. Because phone lines were
downed, troopers and local law enforcement conducted a door-to-door
search of houses in the Albany area to check for injuries, Barnett
As the storm moved east, trailers were overturned, trees and
power lines knocked down and roads blocked with debris.
Sherwin Corder, emergency management director for Wayne County,
told the Lexington Herald-Leader that several homes were destroyed
in the county, many trees were down and power was out at many
residences. The worst damage was just west of Monticello, he said.
Pike County, on the Kentucky-West Virginia line, saw trees
downed, but no significant damage, said Kentucky State Police
dispatcher Ryan Coleman.

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