Strong winds destroy a family barn in Simpson County

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Storm damage from strong winds on Saturday night has left a family in Simpson County picking up pieces of their barn.

Wes Stone gave 13 News a tour of his property on Monday, showing where the walls had been ripped off the barn and pieces of the roof were scattered on the ground.

He says Saturday night was "intense."

"At first it didn't bother me because I usually don't get spooked by storms but when I heard what was going on and you could see stuff flying around outside, at that point, you realize things could get serious real fast," says Stone.

He says he was with his family inside their home, which sits about 200 yards away from the barn, when they heard the storm come through just before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

"The sound was more like a train slowing down. I've always heard people say tornadoes sound like a train, but you could hear the roar and the muffled sound that was outside," explains Stone.

As of Monday, the National Weather Service has not confirmed a tornado in the area, but for Stone, he still has a lot of damage to clean up.

He says the hardest part will be having to tear down the barn and build a new one in its place. The barn has been in his family for generations and several memories were made here.

"There's been millions of games of hide and go seek played in this barn as a kid. I'm 46 and this barn has been here since I can remember. It's kind of a bitter sweet moment," he says.

Stone says he's thankful no one was hurt. He's already had neighbors offer to come help clean up the debris.

He says the damage serves as an example to listen to warning signs during severe weather.

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