Clean-up is underway following storms

The clean-up is underway across Kentucky after Monday's severe storms damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines.

Raymond Ratliff says Monday's storms knocked his mobile home off the foundation and snapped trees flew into the building.

“It knocked me against one wall and knocked her under a table,” Ratliff said.

The home next door is destroyed and Ratliff says he and his neighbors do not have insurance.

“Everything is knocked off and the trailer beside us is just torn all to pieces,” Ratliff said.

In Pike County, roofs blew off the skating rink and other businesses in Coal Run.

Power poles broke and 50 year old trees fell over in the Bowles Addition neighborhood.

“The power line in my front area broke in two like a toothpick and it burst a gas line, so there was a lot of gas. Very surprising,” Paula Thompson said.

National Weather Service officials surveyed the Pike County damage and determined it was caused by 80 mile per hour straight line winds.

“It was a very fast moving storm. It was in here and out of here in a blink of an eye. A lot of punch to it, some pretty good winds, and fast moving,” Meteorologist Ed Ray, NWS Jackson, said.

Now crews are replacing the broken power poles and lines and cutting downed trees.

Pikeville Officials are assessing damage in other areas.

“Some out buildings destroyed, some privacy fencing had a couple of trees on top of homes, but not done a while lot of damage,” Paul Maynard, Pikeville Public Safety Director said.

Pikeville city officials say a tree hit a car during the storm, but no one was hurt.


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