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LEX 18 Digital: Straight Line Winds Damage Homes In Menifee County

Posted: 4:55 PM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2019-07-31 09:39:02-04
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FRENCHBURG, Ky. (LEX 18) — Frenchburg residents are recovering after straight line winds ripped down dozens of trees and caused many to lose power on Thursday evening.

The straight line winds reached up to 110 mph, according to National Weather Service Forecaster, Pete Geogerian. 

"Most people, they think tornado, they think that’s like a significant event and they are," Geogerian said, "but if you look at most of our damage, most of our storm damage, they occur from straight line winds by far."

The storm formed quickly and moved through town quickly, he said, leaving isolated damage.

Some neighbors said it was scary to see.

"I saw this wind, rain swirling and it came within six feet of my porch right there and went that way," Jim Hagerman said.

The winds ripped open the front and back door of his home, he said, and even broke picture frames. 

"We’re blessed that our house was not damaged," he said, "just minor stuff that’s easily repaired."

Other homes had trees fall directly on them. But thankfully, Hagerman said, no one was injured.