Crews say straight-line winds caused damage in Harlan County

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky (WKYT) - The National Weather Service survey team estimates 90 mile per hour straight-line winds caused injuries and damage in Evarts Tuesday, not a tornado.

Dispatchers tell us an awning at the Marathon gas station in Evarts fell onto a car, where a mother and her child were located. Emergency crews took them to the hospital as a precaution. Winds ripped the roof off the Dairy Hut and blew a hole in the side of the Marathon gas station. Randy Brackett owns the Evarts gas station and the Dairy Hut restaurant across the street. He spent Tuesday cleaning up debris and meeting with insurance adjusters, as well as folks from throughout the community.

Those same winds ripped a tree out of the ground by its roots where it landed on top of a house on King Street. Across town, snapped trees made a dangerous situation for people on Moore Lane, just before the Ages community. They landed on top of power lines.

Kentucky Utilities report 490 customers are still without power, down from 6,700 late last night. Power crews and chainsaws were out in full force Tuesday to remove debris and restore power.

There were no serious injuries reported in Monday’s storms.

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