March Roars Like a Lion Across Mercer County, Kentucky

Terry Dean watched heavy winds knock down a 100-year-old tree that stood in front of Dallas Dean Pipeline Contractors on U.S. 127. “That’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” Dean said.

Wednesday’s high winds knocked down a windmill on Rick Rowlette’s farm. Rowlette said the storm was Asked to describe storm, he said, “Not a tornado but real close to it!”

Workers from Belfor Property Restoration take a break beside what’s left of the Lions Shelter roof at Anderson-Dean Community Park.

March came in like a lion this year. On Wednesday, March 1, a series of storms with tornado-like winds roared through Kentucky, causing damage across the commonwealth and here in Mercer County.

According to Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company (KU),  82,000 customers across Kentucky—less than 1,000 of them in Mercer County—lost their power.

The storm system swept across the commonwealth spawning severe thunder storms and heavy rains, but the majority of the damage was caused by the high winds, some as high as 100 MPH, according to the National Weather Service’s Louisville office.

Across Kentucky, the storms caused damage in more than three dozen counties. Locally, the hardest hit areas were along Warwick Road,  Anderson-Dean Community Park and Mallard Cove in Burgin, said Mercer County Emergency Management Director Mike Burke.

“Certain areas got hit pretty good and other areas fared very well,” Burke said.

At Tricklin’ Creek Farm on Warwick Road, heavy winds rendered a 40-foot by 80-foot tobacco barn into kindling.

“It was a total loss,” said owner Adam Chunglo.

Chunglo said the storm damaged a horse barn, blowing the front doors inside the barn and the rear doors completely off the building.

 

To learn more, pick up this week’s issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.

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