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Storms leave damage; snow, freeze forecasted

Barns were knocked over, trees were knocked down and the area generally took a battering Sunday night as storms swept through Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Weather officials were still gathering damage reports Monday morning while the area geared up for a second weather wave. Freezing temperatures and snow were forecasted.

The most spectacular incident Sunday night occurred in Montgomery County, where lightning apparently sparked a fire and destroyed a building that contained an apartment and a small business.

The National Weather Service at Jackson blamed most of the area storm damage on extreme "straight-line winds," and said no tornado touchdowns had been reported.

Roads were blocked by fallen trees in Clark and Estill counties, authorities said.

A tree struck the roof of an apartment complex on the Berea College campus that houses some faculty members and staffers of the Madison County school. The building was evacuated, but no one was hurt.

In Lincoln County, several barns were reported damaged by high winds that also lifted roofs off some houses and knocked down trees. Hail and falling or flying debris damaged cars in Casey county.

Quarter-size hail was reported in sections of Rockcastle County and barns were said to be torn down in the county's Brodhead area. A home there also lost its roof, the weather service said.

Downed trees and power lines and some damage to homes was reported damaged in Perry and Pike counties.

The Montgomery County fire started about 10 p.m. just off U.S. 60 in Mount Sterling when lightning struck a two-story building, officials said. The building caught fire and was destroyed.

It reportedly contained an apartment and a boat and water-craft repair shop, authorities said.

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