Storm rips through Bowling Green, leaving damage to local residences

Randy Harston (left) and Randall Weaver (right) work to clear debris from Garlene Weaver’s yard after a a storm came through early on Wednesday March 1, 2017 in Alvaton, Kentucky. The storm destroyed to structures on her property, as well as causing major damage to her home.

Nic Huey, Evan Boggs

Severe thunderstorms plowed through South Central Kentucky between 7-7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, leaving several properties damaged and thousands of residents throughout Warren County without power.

Several roads flooded around Bowling Green, resulting in backed-up traffic during morning rush hour. Damage was most severe around the 12000 block of Cemetery Road, close to the Allen County border, with several structures decimated by wind and flying debris.

Authorities are trying to determine whether or not a tornado touched down in the area. Many residents also have conflicting views of whether a tornado touched down or not.

First responders set up headquarters in a local church parking lot, marking out affected areas, and they determined  which areas needed assistance.

Garlene Weaver awoke to commotion around her house yesterday morning and took shelter with her son.

“It just came out of nowhere. I’m  just glad nobody’s hurt,” said Weaver, who lost two structures on her property and suffered  significant damage to her home.

Weaver’s family helped clear her property, even before the first responders had arrived. Damage to the house included fallen beams,  broken windows, roof collapse and water damage.

Power lines were  repaired by Pike Electric at 9:00 a.m.,  helping to restore power to thousands of affected residents. No injuries were reported in Warren County, according to Tim Meyer, assistant chief of the Alvaton Fire Department.

Other areas in the Midwestern region of the U.S. fared worse with at least three people killed by the storm cell in Illinois and Missouri, according to CNN.