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Barns, cars destroyed by storms in Bourbon County


BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - After surveying the damage in Bourbon County, the National Weather Service has determined an EF1 tornado did touch down there Saturday.

The strong storms that moved through Bourbon County didn't cause any injuries. But cars were totalled even large barns were destroyed by high winds.

A tree, a roof, a barn, a house, and a car are just a few things the storm decided to take down with it.

"I could hear the wind and the rain up against it," said Amy Lewis, who lives in Bourbon County. "It didn't seem like it lasted very long."

"About a quarter until midnight last night, it came real quick," said Frank Burkhardt, who says his barns were destroyed.

"They've got trees and of course the fence lines," said Lewis. "That's been all uprooted."

Power lines now dangle and a car is left smashed from trees falling after high winds came through. People there say they lost power for a few hours.

"It's kind of dangerous with that wire across the road," said Lewis. "I don't know when that's going to get fixed. It's scary, but I'm glad that everybody is okay."

"There's a couple of barns that got their roofs off besides the ones knocked down," said Burkhardt.

For this farmer, four of his barns were destroyed. Two of those housed tobacco and the others stored equipment.

"They was good solid barns, and they were just flattened," said Burkhardt.

Burkhardt says usually this time of year is a challenge. But this time the reason is not a bitter winter but a strong storm.

"We raised a lot of grain, and we've got cows," said Burkhardt. "I guess I just start over. That's all I can do."

Once again, no injuries were reported because of the storms in Bourbon County.

Two other tornadoes were confirmed in Kentucky. The National Weather Service says an EF1 touched down in Harrison and Taylor counties on Saturday as well.


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