Cleanup Begins in Lawrence County after Storms

LOUISA, Ky. (WSAZ) -- People who live on Gem Lane in Louisa got some of the worst damage following Wednesday storms and even questioned if a tornado had gone through their neighborhood.

Chester Foley was home during the storm. He watched as his roof
peel off. He grabbed his dog and headed for shelter in his bathroom right as a tree uprooted and fell over in his yard.

“Well if this tree would have fell the other way, it would have destroyed the home,” Foley said.

Foley said the wind and rain sounded like a train engine. It was so loud, he didn’t hear the tree fall over.

In Foley’s yard was his neighbor’s roof that flew over a hundred yards from where it broke free from its home.

That home was beside Megan Patrick’s house. She was inside doing homework when she realized how bad the storm was.

“I was scared to death, it sounded like this whole place was tearing down,” said Patrick. ” The wind starts picking up so I said I'm going to grab my camera and video tape it, next thing I know the whole scrap yard was blowing everywhere.”

The scrap was coming from T and B Recycling and Transport at the mouth of the neighborhood. A gust went through so strong, it blew the roof of their building onto U.S. 23.

John Wayne Howard manages "T and B, and said he didn’t expect that pieces of their buildings would become part of their days work.

“It's a scrapyard, it always looks tore up a little bit, not like it was this morning,” said Howard. “We didn't figure the building was part of the scrap.”

The National Weather Service says straight-line-winds that reached 80 miles-per-hour ripped through the region but there was no tornado.


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