Storm damages Orange County; classes delayed in Paoli - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Storm damages Orange County; Paoli community schools delayed

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PAOLI, Ind.  (WDRB) -- Severe weather moved through Kentuckiana overnight, leaving behind damage in Orange County and causing Paoli Community Schools to delay the start of classes by two hours.

Paoli Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Jones tells WDRB that the fire station has been damaged and the police station lost part of the roof.  He also says "we have some residents just east of the square that lost their roofs, and we have several mobile homes that have trees in them and houses that have trees in them. Fortunately no one was injured."

Emergency crews were waiting for daylight to assess damage. People who needed to find a place to stay overnight, Red Cross assistance or other emergency help were told to report to Paoli Town Hall for assistance by Orange County Emergency Management Director Rick Emerick.

Town Hall was set up as the command post for emergency responders after Monday night's severe thunderstorms caused property damage and power outages to Paoli and outlying areas in Orange County Monday night.

The first storms moved through the area around 8 p.m. 

Daylight will likely show more damage, including evidence whether the winds were straight-line or had rotation as in a tornado. WDRB chief meteorologist Marc Weinberg reported a radar image showed evidence of possible rotation in the storms as they passed through Paoli.  Further determination will be up to National Weather Service observers.

Jerry Wall of WUME Radio told WDRB News the property damage in Paoli was centered along a route from Bender's Lumber to the Bob's Superburger restaurant on State Road 56, then farther east into the downtown Paoli square.

Some homes were also damaged on nearby Campbell Street, Wall said.

Wall says numerous trees and lines were down. He said the roofs were blown off the Paoli Fire Department and Reflections Florist in the square. Wall also described a downed flag pole, broken windows and Christmas decorations flapping in the wind from several light poles downed on the town square.

A sheriff's dispatcher reported at least one home blown from its foundation and a mobile home that was toppled by the winds.

The sheriff's department urged people in the area to stay away from downed power lines and to stay home or at least indoors as much as possible. 

The storms were part of a line of severe thunderstorms approaching the Louisville area from the northwest to the southeast Monday night.  They triggered several severe thunderstorm warnings, including at least two for Louisville and Jefferson County.

No serious damage is reported in Louisville as of 10 p.m. EST.

Louisville Gas & Electric reported roughly 3,000 customers without power in Louisville and Jefferson County, Ky. at the height of the storm.  By morning those still in the dark numbered about 100.  Duke Energy, the primary electric supplier for southern Indiana, reported about 100 customers still in the dark by Tuesday morning, but those outages were widely scattered. But Orange County still has a large number of customers with  out power.

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