High Winds in Greenup County, Ky. Leave Behind Damage

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Strong winds early Sunday morning caused some damage and near misses in Greenup County as the storm whipped through, knocking down trees and power lines.

A power pole on Cardinal Road in Russell leaned over the street on Sunday, held up by the power lines attached to it. Signs and cones blocked the road on either side of the precarious pole.

“I don’t know that I want to pull out under that until it's fixed, so we're just going to hang out here,” Brian Hewlett, who lives in one of the houses inside the blocked-off zone, said.

Hewlett said he heard a loud snap early Sunday morning and looked outside to see the power pole “leaning and swaying” in the wind. He called 911.

“I was more nervous about walking outside because if it goes down, at that time there was so much rain and water,” Hewlett said. “[I] thought there could be a fire or I guess somebody could be electrocuted or worse. This road has a lot of traffic. I was worried somebody might drive through it.”

Next door, a tree fell from Hewlett’s neighbor’s yard into Hewlett’s fence, flattening it.

“I've never been the luckiest, I guess, having two bad things happen, but they weren't two awful things,” Hewlett said.

Because his driveway and car were in the blocked-off zone near the pole, Hewlett said he and his son, who is 8 years old, would not be able to leave and eat a holiday lunch with family members.

“My son thinks it's kind of fun that we're trapped. He thinks it's exotic,” Hewlett said. “It's not the best thing to happen right before Christmas, but it could have been worse.”

Nearby, in Bellefonte, a tree fell and narrowly missed crashing into a house on Route 5. The homeowner said it scraped the front of the house and roof and knocked off some of the Christmas decorations. On Sunday, he was working with a friend to cut up the tree with a chainsaw.

Out in Load, Kentucky, rain drenched fields and left standing water and mud.

Crews in Russell have put a new power pole in the ground to replace the one that is leaning over Cardinal Road, but as of Sunday afternoon, the old pole was still leaning over the road.

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