Cynthiana residents describe 'warzone' of storm damage

Bricks litter the street and crumpled sheet metal is twisted around splintered wood outside of the China House restaurant in Cynthiana.

It used to be a quiet street corner but now April Fite describes it as a warzone.

She watched early Sunday morning as strong winds peeled the roof off the building and dumped it in the street.

"It sounded like a semi hit," she remembered.

The owner of the store didn't want to talk on camera but he says when the roof was torn off the building he was sleeping with his children, a four-year-old and a 10-month-old on the second floor.
He says they got out – shaken but safe.

Just a few miles away another roof dangles from the Prizing House. The owner Nell Ann Gossett says they just remodeled the event center a few years ago.

"I was like oh no, but it’s not as bad as it looks," she said.

She says they had a stroke of good luck in the misfortune, they’re only missing a roof over their storage area, so they're still setting up to host a wedding this weekend.

As you move out of the city and into the county the damage continues.

A viewer sent us pictures from the intersection of Colby Road and Robinson Union Road where trees were snapped in half and blown into sheds.

"It will take us days to clean this up," said Harrison County Fire Chief Charles Carson.

He believes straight line winds caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage in the county.

Cynthiana police officer Nathan Oinville said, "At least half the city was without electricity, we even experienced a power outage at the police department."

Fite says this is a storm she will always remember.

"This is the worst I've ever seen, it's horrible," she said.
Carson says amazingly, no one was hurt in the county.

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