Prestonsburg is recovering after deadly storm


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Storms in eastern Kentucky on Wednesday turned deadly when a man was killed as he was driving his car.

A woman was in the passenger seat and survived.

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The mayor of Prestonsburg says the storm only lasted about 15 minutes but says winds reached about 80 MPH.

In that short amount of time, the wind blew the roof off the Hock Shop building on Court Street and landed on a moving car.

A few women from the salon down the street heard a voice screaming for help and they rushed over.

One of them says she saw the man behind the wheel, but could see he was unconscious.

They pulled the woman out of the car but couldn’t save the man who was also her fiance.

The Floyd County coroner identified the man as 61 year old Michael Coleman from Pike County.

People in town are calling the woman from the salon hero’s.

“I don’t think I’m a hero. I’m blessed to be able to help who needed help that day and I hope if I were in the same situation that somebody would come and help me,” said Laiken Maggard.

The mayor says crews will continue to clean up this week and he hopes life will be more normal by Monday.