Storm causes damage in Bell County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Wednesday night's storm damaged homes, barns, and took down trees in Bell County.

It also knocked down most of the tents set up for the Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville.

"It came through like a big locomotive; here and gone," said Scott Madon.

Once the storm left, almost all of the tents were torn down. Organizers say some were even in the trees.

"I was just sick. We felt for the people. A lot of them are from Corbin, London, and stuff. They'd already set up and left so we'd try to pick up what we could," said Madon.

All of the vendors had their tents back up in the Thursday early morning hours to get ready for the Mountain Laurel Festival. All of the vendors opened on time for the start of the festival.

However clean up will take much longer in other parts of Bell County.

In Brownies Creek, the wind uprooted 100 year old trees.

At one home, the wind picked up a barn and threw it into creek.

"My first thought was the power of nature. It's unbelievable how much wind can affect a structure and for it to have that much power, it's truly awe-inspiring," said Ben Barnett, Bell County Emergency Management Director who surveyed the damage.

The family is still adding up the damage costs but say losing the barn and the century old trees hurts the farm.

Barnett says he is sending pictures of the storm damage to the National Weather Service for evaluation to determine what caused the damage.

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