Commonwealth Journal

May 21, 2013

Minor damage reported after local afternoon storms

By CHRIS HARRIS, CJ Staff Writer
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

Pulaski County felt the first wave of strong weather blow through the area Tuesday afternoon, but came out much better for it than those in other parts of the country.
Strong winds — according to the National Weather Service’s reports from the J.T. Wilson Field Airport on www.weather.gov, gusts reached up to 41 miles per hour — hit just after 4:30 p.m. 
According to Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson, most of the damage was in the form of downed trees and power lines. 
The most substantial damage he’d been made aware of by Tuesday evening was a metal frame at the construction site of a facility by MAC Metal Sales on West Ky. 80, which was torn down by the sudden storm. 
While surveying for any possible damage, a Commonwealth Journal reporter came across a home on Hamilton Avenue had a small tree torn down in its front yard, along with a small downed tree at a home on Fairway Lane. Facebook users took to the site Tuesday to report downed trees and branches (including one that fell on a car off of Ky. 914 and caused significant damage). Some reported damage to their outdoor items, such as swing sets, pools and dog kennels. 
There were no injuries to report, and no more substantial damage in the county, according to Robinson.
Today has the potential to be dicier, with weather reports from www.weather.com suggesting scattered thunderstorms throughout the day, some with the possibility of being severe.