Storms cause damage in Mercer, Casey counties

August 24, 2003

The severe storms that rolled through Kentucky Friday caused some damage locally, but no injuries were reported.

"We got a pretty good one," said a dispatcher in Harrodsburg.

The dispatcher said a funnel cloud was apparently spotted in Willisburg and power was knocked out in various places all over Mercer County. Electricity was out and telephone lines were reported down on Cornishville and Bethel Roads and Simpson Lane, she said.

Mercer County Director of Emergency Management David Weber said most of their problems were a result of lightning. He said a garage detached from a house on Shewmaker Road in the western part of Mercer was hit by lightning and burned down. A barn on Cummins Ferry Road was also hit but the resulting fire was put out, he said.

Weber said the storm was not nearly as bad in Mercer as it was in other counties. "It looked like we were going to get whacked, but it wasn't that bad," he said.


Weber said radar showed a "big red ball" across Franklin, Anderson, and Woodford Counties. "We got about a 10th of an inch (of rain) here," he said.

The storm hit Mercer County about 5:10 p.m. but Weber said the sky was still lit up by lightning at 7 p.m.

Power outages and tree damage were also widespread in Casey County, according to a dispatcher at the Liberty Police Department. "We sounded the warning sirens about 5:45," she said. "The county road department and the state were out cutting trees for awhile," she said.

Utility crews from Inter-County Energy, Somerset and Taylor County were notified of power line outages, she said.

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