NWS confirms straight-line winds caused storm damage in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Sunday storms brought severe damage to many communities in the Bluegrass. As for Lexington, the National Weather Service confirms straight-line winds caused the damage.

The Highlands Park neighborhood felt the impact of the storms and is left with a shocking amount of damage. There are several large trees down and many vehicles and homes are damaged.

"I was getting actually really scared when I started seeing all the trees in front of the house. It was a mess," said a woman whose mother lives in the Highlands Park neighborhood. "It only got two rooms. But the whole ceiling and everything is down inside the house, so it's pretty bad right now."

Some homes along Mark Avenue are uninhabitable after the early afternoon storm. Folks living in the neighborhood say the storm left just as fast as it arrived and it took down power lines with it. Also, at least three gas leaks were reported in the area.

A couple homes in the Highlands Park community have roofs missing from their garages. Other homes have holes in their roofs from trees.

"We had a roof that went across here, and it's gone," said Pamela Stanfield, whose home was damaged in the storm along Mark Avenue. "We can't find it."

Charlie Plummer also lives in the area. He came home from a trip to the lake to discover his front porch and carport gone. Plummer's wife, daughter and two grandchildren were inside the home

"Pulled into the subdivision and I noticed all the big trees coming down the main drive there," says Plummer. "I was hoping there wasn't anybody hurt at the house."

No one inside the house was hurt. He says the storm scattered the pieces of the house after ripping them off.

"I did have a porch here on the front of the house. And it's over on the next street somewhere or another," says Plummer. "Hopefully we can get it all down tore down and back to normal here in a day or two."

The National Weather Service says 70 to 95 mph straight-line winds caused the damage in Lexington, not a tornado.

But some neighbors reported seeing what looked like a tornado and emergency management officials thought it was more than likely a low-level tornado that damaged the neighborhood.

"They started hearing like a train noise, so all we know is within 10 seconds all the windows in our house busted and our screen door went open," said Stanfield. "We all ran in the laundry room because there are no windows. Me and my niece was there right in front of the windows when they busted."

Red Cross and emergency management officials are continuing to work to make sure everyone has a place to stay on Sunday night since some of the damaged homes are now considered unsafe.

There were no injuries reported in Lexington from the severe storm.

"I was just hoping everything was going to be okay and that at least we could make it out," said Stanfield.

Minor damage to homes and vehicles was also reported in the Coldstream Station neighborhood of Lexington.

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