Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 23, 2013

Horse Cave hit hard by storm

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

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.

As for which area of the county that was hardest hit, he said there was no one area hit worse than any other.

It was fairly continuous in the damage,” he said. “We had numerous large trees [blown down]. We had a mobile home residence in Horse Cave that was completely destroyed. We had tobacco barns completely destroyed. We had a very significant damage to roofs only on barns that were destroyed.”

The Kentucky Mesonet weather station in Hardyville recorded 55 mph winds at 9:55 p.m. before the weather station went down, he said.

The storm that passed through Hart County also caused damage in Green County and was the same storm that resulted in a tornado in Taylor County, McDaniel said.

Cost estimates for damage were still being determined at Monday. The last time a storm caused close to the same amount of damage in Hart county was in 2011 and the damage was also due to straight line winds, McDaniel said.

Our volunteer firefighters were out until 4 a.m. Sunday morning conducting tree removal,” he said. “We also had numerous downed power lines.”

Officials in Monroe and Metcalfe counties reported minor damage due to the storm.

We had a few barns that got some tin blown back on them. We had some trees down across county roads,” said Judge-Executive Tommy Willett, adding there was no major damage.

Emory Kidd, emergency management director for Metcalfe County, said there were some trees down due to the storm, but very little else.

We got lucky,” he said.

INFORMATION:

Kerry McDaniel, emergency management director of Hart County, said his county's residents should signed up for Code Red, a free weather information system.

Whenever we have significant weather, such as thunderstorm warnings, flood warnings or tornado warnings, their home phone or cell phone will be called,” he said. The system is also capable of sending e-mails to those who prefer to be alerted in that manner.

“This is a free service provided by the Hart County Fiscal Court and we strongly encourage all residents of the county, whether they have land lines or cell phones or computers, to sign up for this free service,” McDaniel said.

Residents can sign up for the service by either calling the Hart County Judge-Executive's office at 270-524-5219 or by visiting the judge-executive's website at www.coderedweb.com.

We do have outdoor sirens but we feel like we can reach so many more people during all hours of the day or night whether they are at home or at work or school about significant weather,” McDaniel said.