Yesterday's Storms Cause Damage In Barren County

By Kayla Vanover | 

BARREN COUNTY, Ky (WBKO) -- "Within two minutes, it turned completely dark here. I'm eighty years old and I've never seen anything like this," said Richard Scott, homeowner.

Richard Scott, of Barren County, says his neighborhood of Beckton experienced intense weather yesterday afternoon, causing severe damage to a lot of personal property.

"It thundered two or three times and I didn't think anything of it. Then, all of a sudden it started hailing. It was as big as golf balls here. I thought the windows and all was fixing to cave in. I could hear popping at the roof. Within five minutes, it was all over," said Richard Scott, homeowner.

But the damage had already been done. A one-hundred year old tree snapped near the center of its trunk. Scott's barn lost pieces of metal roofing. His neighbor's wooden barn nearly collapsed as the winds attempted to strike it down.

After the storm passed through, portions of 685 and 1297 were blocked off. Road crews were dispatched and restored these roadways all morning.

"Anytime we have a storm come through and cause debris to get on the road, we try to get out there as quick as we can and get it off the road way and get that cleared," said Wes Watt, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Officials say there were no reported injuries, however many people did lose cable and telephone connection.

According to WBKO Meteorologist Shane Holinde, the damage was a result of straight line winds crossing through the area.

As of this afternoon, all roadways of Beckton are now clear for easy driving.

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