County ‘fortunate’ no major damage from Friday’s storms

Published 8:42 am Monday, June 26, 2017

Severe thunderstorms blew across the region Friday night, bringing severe winds and a threat of tornados for Boyle County.

“We were very very fortunate,” said Mike Wilder, director of the Boyle County Emergency Management Department. “We had considerable winds.”

Boyle County was placed under a tornado watch about 4:30 p.m., which was lifted at about 10 p.m. A thunderstorm warning was in effect from about 6:40 p.m. to 7 p.m., then extended to 7:30 p.m.

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Winds reached around 50 miles an hour, he said, blowing down trees and limbs, blocking Alum Springs Road, Gentry Lane and Bluegrass Pike, among others.

“The city and county road department handled everything in a good manner,” Wilder said.

Electric wires were blown down, too, and portions of the county were without power.

Over two inches of rain fell in the county.

“We were just very fortunate. Marion County was under a tornado warning, Larue County had a tornado,” Wilder said. “We’ve been so lucky — real severe weather has been so close to us so many times.”

Wilder said he has not heard any reports of severe property damage due to the storms.