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Strong winds rip up trees, building in Laurel County

Thursday, another round of severe storms packed with powerful winds left a mark across much of Kentucky.

Thousands of people lost power, trees blocked roads, and even some buildings suffered damage. One of the hardest hit areas was Laurel County, where a falling tree injured one man.

When Thursday's storms rolled through London, wind gusts sent things flying.

"And lo and behold our roof is laying out in the driveway," remarked Ginny Bailey, who manages London Tobacco Market. Bailey's market lost a roof and a greenhouse. She thinks it'll cost them about $75,000 to replace.

"Thank goodness we weren't here today. Normally we would be here washing trays, greenhouse trays, and thank goodness we weren't here because we would have been in here working."

Less than a mile away, gas station attendants watched winds snap a tree and the pole of a power line.

"It popped a tree over this direction, and I heard something crack behind me and I looked and the pole was leaning. And when it leaned all the way down the transformer popped once and then it just kept going it popped twice, it blowed the whole transformer out," noted witness Woo Clay.

Our crew found similar storm damage across town, on Hawk Creek Road. That's where crews were kept busy restoring power and clearing trees from the road.

Lisa Oakley, who lives on Hawk Creek Road, watched an ambulance rush down the driveway beside hers. Emergency crews tell us a tree snapped in the storms, and fell on her neighbor, who was driving a tractor.

"He's an older man, and he's got a tractor, and bull dozer, and I don't know what all down there. But I think the last time he actually got pinned in between so they actually had to land a helicopter down here in the field," said Oakley, "I hope he's okay."

No word on the injured man's condition.


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