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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