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911 tape released of calls during Montgomery County storm

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - People who live there describe it as a frightening experience.

We've been telling you about a storm that blew through a Montgomery County community, damaging some homes in its path, on Thursday.

The National Weather Service determined that damage in Camargo was caused by straight-line winds.

And now we've obtained the 9-1-1 calls after the storm blew through of people claiming they saw a tornado in Montgomery County Thursday.

"I was calling to report a tornado touched down on Camargo Levee Road," said one caller.
"A tornado touched down on Camarago Levee?" said a dispatcher.

Funnel clouds spotted and someone even called in frantically with their guess of its intensity.

"And it made the most God awful noise there ever was," said one caller.
"Possible F2? Alright, we'll go ahead and let them know, okay? Thank you," said the dispatcher.

But the National Weather Service says straight-line winds, believe it or not, caused all the damage.

"All the damage is pretty much all in one direction. And it's divergent in nature. It spreads out as it goes out," said Ed Ray, with the National Weather Service.

People in the area say the damage makes it look like a tornado came through, but winds up to 95 mph can actually cause the same amount of damage, according to the National Weather Service.

Whether it was a tornado doesn't really make a difference to those picking up the aftermath. And people who say they witnessed it are sticking to what they say they saw.

"This is the first tornado I've ever seen, and it scared the hell out of me," said one caller.

In the meantime, everyone is counting their blessings as they count the pieces they've lost.

"I'm glad no one was hurt. That's the main thing," said Patricia Trimble, a woman living on Ficklin Road that was hit hard by the storm.

Emergency management officials were also on the scene Friday accessing the damage.


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