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Storms cause problems in Perry County

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - High winds swept through eastern Kentucky Wednesday morning, leaving their mark on trees, buildings, and even a pontoon.

Imagine the force required to topple an 80-foot steel shed. That is exactly what happened at a lumber yard in Combs.

“Everybody was kind of doing their normal stuff, the power flickered for a split second and then the wind, a straight line wind just came through and blew signs off the fence, blew the gate closed and hit a vehicle,” said Adam Yeager, who works at the lumber yard.

But remarkably an identical shed nearby was unphased.

Mother nature swept through by land and nearly by sea. A Pontoon boat was knocked through a fence and nearly slid into the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

“I would have never ever thought in a million years that winds could have lifted that thing up because I mean it takes three of us to pick it off of the truck when it's on the trailer, because it's that heavy,” boat owner David Napier said.

Loose trees drew the attention of work crews as they attempted to keep falling branches from damaging power lines.

Plentiful were the signs of a weather system not often seen in the month of January.

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