Trees, buildings damaged by Thursday storm

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By Becky Barnes



A mid-morning storm Thursday left a swath of damage in its wake.

The storm’s path was primarily contained to  the U.S. 62 West and Allen Pike areas.

One lane of U.S. 62 was closed and Allen Pike wascompletely blocked until Harrison County and state road crews could clear downed trees and debris.

In Harrison County, there are nearly 150 customers without electricity in the U.S. 62 West area. Blue Grass Energy reports that system-wide they have about 900 homes affected. Scott County and Bourbon County had damaging storms as well.

A barn on the Jerry Dawson farm on Allen Pike was completely leveled.

Charlene Dawson said she and her son, Johnny Mac, were outside in the garden and watched the approaching storm.

“The sky looked so funny,” she said. “There was no lightening, but it was loud.”

She said they went inside and after the storm passed, Johnny Mac noticed that the barn was gone.

Jerry Dawson said the only thing in the barn was some hay.

Jimmy  Smiley, who lives on Grays Run Pike, said he also watched the storm as it blew across the western part of the county.

 “It just roared,” Smiley said, adding that the cloud he saw was dark and went to the ground.