NWS: Straight-line winds caused damage in Anderson County

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A small, Anderson County community is cleaning up a day after strong storms passed through the area.

Splintered boards and twisted metal led many in Anderson County to believe a tornado passed through the community of Alton. The National Weather Service says it was 70-75 mile per hour straight line winds that ripped the roof off a nearby christian center and damaged an auto shop next to it.

"I prayed," said Kerry Branam. His statement was simple but powerful as he recalled hiding in the bathroom of his business during Thursday night’s storms.

While Branam was praying, the roof from Abundant Life Christian Center was shattering windows in his lot.

"Smashed the windshields of these two vehicles here," he said, pointing out a pair of trucks. He isn’t certain how much repairs will cost him.

Winds have died down since Thursday night. What once was roof, now is tarp. Lighter breezes toy with the flimsy plastic but warped metal, scattered around  the community of Alton reminds folks that Mother Nature is nothing to play with.

"It was some wild wind. I just slowed down to keep from being blown off the road," said a man as he drove around the area, surveying damage.

"Boy it was a heck of storm here, everyone told me last night," said Meteorologist John Gordon from the National Weather Service which also reports that no one was injured during Thursday night’s storms.

You can help the christian center as it works toward getting its roof fixed. There’s a GoFundMe page set up: http://www.gofundme.com/xcva58.

For those who attend the center there will also be a temporary location used for its services. The details on where that will be has not been released at this time.

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