Kentucky storms cause scattered damage; Powell County employee injured by lightning

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

Waves of thunderstorms caused scattered damage in southeastern Kentucky, and a Powell County employee was struck by lightning, emergency officials said.

The only reported injury associated with the storms occurred when solid waste coordinator James "Kenny" Case was hurt by lighting Monday when a building at the transfer station was struck by lightning, officials said.

Case spent the night at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, but he was expected to be released Tuesday, Judge-Executive James Anderson said Tuesday.

"He was very fortunate," Anderson said.

Preliminary reports indicated that the Harlan County town of Evarts was perhaps the hardest hit, with two or more businesses heavily damaged, according to Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

Downed trees and other damage were reported in Whitley County, Rogers said.

A suspected tornado was reported in Fulton County, Kentucky's westernmost county, where a church and a home reportedly were heavily damaged, Rogers said.

A tornado had not been confirmed as of Tuesday morning, he said.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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