Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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December 23, 2013

Horse Cave hit hard by storm

HORSE CAVE — Officials with the National Weather Service have confirmed that it was straight line winds that caused significant damage in the northern portion of Barren County on Saturday night.

In viewing the damage, the National Weather Service determined the storm that passed through the area carried winds of 70 miles per hour and more, Richey said.

Cave City was the hardest hit area, with the roof of the Cream and Sugar Cafe blown off and debris from it wrapped around a pickup truck parked near Houchens Grocery in the downtown area.

Glasgow managed to escape heavy damage from the storm.

I have no reports whatsoever of structure damage in Glasgow,” Richey said.

There were several trees blown down and a transformer shorted out on Longhunters Trail, but that was the only damage reported, Richey said.

A portion of the roof on a building owned by Barren County Metal and Truss on Donnelley Drive was blown off during the storm, landing on the business' property and into the neighboring ballpark, said Ed Spear, an employee of the business.

The Horse Cave area in Hart County sustained significant damage due to the storm.

National Weather Service officials toured Hart County also Sunday.

We had damage that occurred sometime around 11 Friday evening. The debris path is approximately 12 miles long and in some places as much as three miles wide,” said Kerry McDaniel, emergency management director of Hart County. “This started along the area of Caverna High School and traveled a path to the Fairview Pascal Church Road area and on into Green County.”

The damage was in relation to straight line winds with a velocity ranging from 68 to 75 miles per hour, he said.

We had out the Hart County Road Department, the Kentucky Department of Highways and all of the Hart County volunteer fire departments and the Hart County Sheriff's Office, the Kentucky State Police, Hart County Emergency Management and the Hart County Judge's Office, along with area volunteers cleaning up debris,” McDaniel said.

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