A possible tornado that swept through parts of Barren and surrounding counties Thursday afternoon cut a swath of destruction leaving numerous downed trees and power lines in its wake. Multiple homes, barns and sheds sustained structural damage, while others were completely destroyed.

At least one family living in the Cave City area lost their home in the aftermath of the storm. Steve Nichols was at his home at 1025 Gateway Ct. with his sister, nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend when the storm bore down around 2:30 p.m. His mobile home began swaying and rocking, according to witnesses.

“It just started shaking,” said Nichols. He and the others took shelter in the center hallway. “We just held on to each other and did a whole lot of praying. There was stuff flying around,” as the wind ripped portions of the roof off, leaving the inside of the home and those huddling inside exposed to the elements. The walls collapsed under the brunt of the wind and rain and fell onto a car parked in the driveway.

“We lost pretty much everything,” said Nichols, as he surveyed the damage afterward. Insulation and debris were strewn about Nichols’ and neighboring properties. None of the four were injured, nor were any of the family pets. “That’s the main thing,” Nichols said.

Authorities have said the hardest-hit areas by the storm were in the northwest corner of Barren County.

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