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NWS visits Madison, Clark counties to survey storm damage

The National Weather Service says they will be visiting Madison and Clark Counties to survey damage from storms. (Source: Ruth Culton.)
The National Weather Service says they will be visiting Madison and Clark Counties to survey damage from storms. (Source: Ruth Culton.)(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 11, 2020 at 9:28 PM EST
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The National Weather Service spent hours surveying damage in Madison and Clark Counties Sunday morning.

On the heels of several storms that tore across Kentucky on Saturday, the National Weather Service was out to do their assessment of the damage.

Through observation, it was determined that no tornadoes touched down.

"What we do is we look at the pattern of the damage. We look at mud spattering, and with a real tornado, you see a lot more mud spattering. You can see the inflow and curvature in the grasses. A lot of times, you see metal sheeting from barns and stuff up on the roof and twisted around. I saw everything consistent from the southwest to the northeasterly direction. And radar showed that too," said John Gordon of the National Weather Service.

Several mobile homes were overturned in addition to trees, and power lines knocked down.

"We have straight-line winds coming from the southwest to the northeast. We have a few uprooted trees, damage to the beautiful structure behind me. Probably about 70 mph. Thankfully no one was injured. Pretty straight forward straight-line winds," said Gordon.

Only minor injuries have been reported at this time.

"We're seeing power lines down and some power outages across the county," said Dustin Heiser, Director of Madison County Emergency Assistance.

Crews were out protecting the public, but it was too late for a lot of property.

Faye Campbell was inside of her home with her grandson, Dallas Isaacs. He said he heard a large pop which was a tree snapping in half. He said he ran to the back door of the trailer home and that's when he said he felt it flip at least twice. Isaacs said it felt like everything went into slow motion.

The trailer is turned upside down, sitting on its roof. Campbell's family friend Jessica Smith remembers running into a fish tank inside the trailer, cutting open her arm.

Every pet but one lizard was recovered from the rubble. Campbell's family said a silo sitting on the property stood twice as tall before the storms.

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