Data Requested From National Weather Service For Possible Tornadic Activity
Strong thunderstorms passed through the area on Saturday evening that brought heavy rains and high winds to the entire region. While there were few reports of significant damage in the county--if any , one specific area in the southern region of EC saw plenty.
A barn belonging to Dennis Priddy, located in the 15000 block of Louisville Road (31W), had exactly half its roof removed and displaced on his property.
Priddy said he received a call from his daughter next door, who said that she thought the barn had been knocked down. He said he could tell it was damaged, but it was hard to see due to the torrential rains that were falling at the time.
"We lost shingles on the opposite side of our house," he said. "The roof of the barn was blown in a different direction and that's why we wanted to contact the National Weather Service," Priddy said.
Edmonson Voice meteorologist Landon Hampton of WxornotBG.com requested NWS data from the time and area of the incident to determine whether or not the damage would be classified as being due to straight winds or tornadic activity.
Priddy also lost some trees, fence posts, and saw other damage; and a utility pole with a transformer supplying power to another structure on his property was snapped in half. Three main posts of the barn appeared to be broken as well.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were plentiful across the region Saturday evening; however, no tornado warnings were issued. The strong winds were followed by plummeting temperatures that actually had the area under freeze warnings. Temps dropped to the upper 20s Sunday night into the early morning hours of Monday.
Temps are forecasted to rise back into the 70s by the end of this week, which is Spring Break for Edmonson County schools.