Storm damage reported across the commonwealth

Widespread storm damage in Pulaski Co.
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 3:05 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - High winds created damage at a popular southern Kentucky racetrack.

Track workers will be cleaning up a lot this week after damage at the Lake Cumberland Speedway in Pulaski County.

This all happened just after 2:00 p.m. in the Burnside community. Storm winds caused damage to a lot of buildings here at the racetrack along with fencing, signs, and other items.

Track owner Brandon Hardgrove said they all heard a loud roar and then when inspecting the damage, they were heartbroken. Their sign was down, buildings toppled over, signs ripped apart and even porta potties destroyed. Several utility poles and a lighting system just put in were also destroyed or at least heavily damaged.

“It is just devastating. We have put so much into the Lake Cumberland Speedway after we opened back up after we closed down for a few years. We have built it into something that I had a vision for. To walk out and see our dreams just crushed,” Hardgrove said.

Hardgrove said they will get through this, and they will have their race next weekend. He said they have had a lot of people reach out and offer help. He says he is thankful no one was hurt.

Pulaski County emergency officials said they also had a trailer damaged on Hardwick Road in the Bronston community.

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