Storm Leaves Home and Farm Demolished in Hart County

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"Mobile homes such as this one behind us here... total devastation. Tobacco barns totaled... numerous uprooted trees... large trees throughout the county.  Over 40 barns we know of at this time have had some type of major damage," said Hart County Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel. 

HART COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Up to 78 mph winds rolled through parts of Hart County Saturday evening, destroying at least one home in Horse Cave, and parts of a farm in Hardyville.

"Mobile homes such as this one behind us here, total devastation... tobacco barns totaled... numerous uprooted trees... large trees throughout the county. Over 40 barns we know of at this time have had some type of major damage," said Hart County Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel.

Luckily, the owner of that home was not there during the storm and no one was hurt. One of those barns that was demolished was on the Wade family's dairy farm in Hardyville.

"We were at the house and the wind carried on. I told my wife, we're in trouble here. The windows are bowing in, and I said our calf hutches are going to be all gone when we go out. Somebody called and said there was a wagon in the road and we'd need to move it, and when we came out, the calf hutches were gone, and so was the silo... a 20 by 70 stone silo that was gone," said farm owner Mark Wade.

Ironically, Wade's neighbors say a similar storm passed through about a year ago, damaging one of their barns.

"Yeah, it was right at a year ago," said neighbor Valerie Troxel. "Really, we're all what, not even a mile apart from each other. It's like what is going on here?" asked neighbor Charlotte Bell.

It seems silos on the property haven't had much luck with storms either.

"They tell me this went down about 30 years ago in the same spot, so I don't think I want to put it back," said Wade.

None of Wade's 100 cows were lost, and he says he's grateful no one was injured, but he's still searching for their small dog who disappeared during the storm. Wade also is grateful they can still operate their dairy farm because they didn't lose their milk barn.

McDaniel urges everyone living in Hart County to participate in the Code Red mass notification systemm that alerts people of storms through text messages and land-line phone messages. You can sign up for free, by calling the Hart County Judge Executive's Office at (270) 524-5219, or by visiting the county's website. You can find it by clicking the related link.


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