Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Wind Has Passed

Windy day

Windy hilltopIt's nearly midnight, and the wind has finally died down. The windchimes have stopped clattering, and the electricity has quit flickering.

We've had a strong wind all day. This evening, wind gusts up to 50 mph were accompanied by a lot of thunder and lightning. We received no rain here.

A tornado was reported near Julien, about ten miles west of Hopkinsville, and another was reported near the Pennyrile State Forest in northwestern Christian County.

The flickering electricity was making the computer restart constantly so I turned it off and disconnected it from the phone line for most of the evening.

We did have a nice rain last night -- about 1-1/2 inches. We're very grateful!

The Kentucky New Era reports that strong winds blew over a lady's mobile home and left it upside down on Highway 109, northwest of Hopkinsville near the Pennyrile State Park. She was trapped inside it, and after rescue, was taken to the hospital for lacerations to her hands. Two other mobile homes nearby were damaged. The Northwest Volunteer Fire Department worked several hours in that area, clearing trees and debris from the roads.

No one, not even the National Weather Service, was able to say whether the damage was caused by a tornado or by straight winds. The National Weather Service reported a tornado in that area, but called it "unconfirmed." A team of weather investigators was supposed to visit the site today.

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