Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 18, 2009

Most local storm damage caused by straight line winds

GLASGOW — The National Weather Service came to Barren County Wednesday to review storm damage and Emergency Management Director Tony Richey reported that most of the damage is thought to have been caused by straight line winds.

“The National Weather Service came through today and we’ve been spending the day with them surveying the damage,” Richey reported during the county fiscal court meeting Wednesday night. “I think I had more reports from the eastern side of the county, the Hiseville, East Barren area. In the East Barren area, there’s a lot of reports of damage. We had a few barns blown down — somewhere between 10 to 12 barns, a few sheds, a few trees on houses.”

The storm also resulted in loss of power to many parts of the county, including the Barren County Government Center, which resulted in the fiscal court meeting being rescheduled to Wednesday, instead of its regular Tuesday meeting.

“We did have some problems with electricity,” Richey said. “We had power supplied to (Electric Plant Board) to help them run through the night, we had some from Metcalfe County we helped to get their power back.”

The warning sirens placed throughout the county also experienced some issues.

“We did have a little problem with the sirens in the county,” Richey said. “We do have that repaired. We still have trouble with some sirens in the city. We do have some backup equipment that we didn’t have before and we’re trying to get everything covered as best as we can.”

The county volunteer fire departments helped the county road crews with clearing trees from roads and other storm clean up.

“They really helped us out,” said Road Department Director Johnny Kinslow. “Without them, we couldn’t have gotten it all done. They make my job a whole lot easier, especially when we have weather like this.”

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 90 miles an hour during the height of the storm.

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