Perry and Knott Counties Hit By Storm

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Storm debris still litters some roads across eastern Kentucky. People who witnessed the storm say it only lasted for a few minutes, but it quickly left its mark.

At the height of the storm, winds were strong enough to uproot this pump at a Perry County gas station. Nearby, Jan Stanfill lost part of her roof.

"My neighbors came over and told me the roof was coming off the back of my house," says Stanfill.

Large trees fell into roadways across Knott County taking power lines down with them. Trees fell like toothpicks around a home in Emmalena. Witnesses say the storm came through like a freight train.

Witness Billy Turner says, "The wind was terrible. It sounds like a big jet engine came through here. I don't know what it was."

Betty Denton says, "My son said it sounded liked a roaring train, like a train." She says her barn in Chavies was hit hard by the wind.

"A wind hit it and knocked the roof off of it, it went flying through the air and across the river, onto the railroad tracks." Denton says the storm also lifted the barn off its foundation.

"It has been moved back 8 to 10 feet from the original thing. And the barn itself is leaning.," she says. Denton says she has not seen this much damage from a storm in years.

Kentucky Power officials say there were at least 10,000 people without power at one time Wednesday night in the Hazard area, and say that number could rise as strong winds continue throughout the night.


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  • by Lacey Location: Hindman on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    I hope it didn't tear up any of that free blacktop that was laid awhile back here in Knott County.
  • by Amanda Location: Thornton on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    My mom and sister in law watched my nieces trampoline float out of the yard and into the road. It was torn apart and the metal springs ripped off and drove into the ground.
  • by Anonymous Location: WHITESBURG on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:29 AM
    Parts of whitesburg had the same results. There is a trampoline on top of a house on Sandlick, the roof was torn off a house in Solomon, and the power is still out on Sandlick and may not be restored for several days. There are power lines laying everywhere, limbs everwhere.

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