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SLIDESHOW: Severe storms take off roofs, bring down trees

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The strong storms that moved through Kentucky late Wednesday and early Thursday downed trees and utility poles in three counties and knocked out power to thousands of homes.

Roofs were ripped off homes and businesses in Radcliff, leaving very little to salvage.

"I just thought forever would be longer than two months," said Chris Rogers who moved into his home on Kingswood Way two months ago with his fiancee. "I want to have a house that we can move into and be proud of, not this. Not this."

Rogers owns one of two homes in Radcliff that were completely destroyed early Thursday morning. The other is right next door, belonging to a couple who has lived there 30 years.

Rogers said he woke up to the house shaking around 4:30 a.m., and quickly got his fiancee to the ground.

"I grabbed her, and threw her in the corner and jumped on top and covered her up and as I did it, the ceiling just ripped off."

Businesses at the Radcliff Plaza shopping center also suffered severe damage. Businesses like Big Daddy's Tattoo Shop lost their roofs and most their windows were blown out.

The National Weather Service says the damage done to Roger's home and the businesses on Dixie Blvd. was the result of straight line winds topping 70 miles per hour.

Unfortunately for Roger and his fiancee, they didn't yet have insurance. Rogers said the insurance company wouldn't insure him until the deed was in their possession. They paid cash for the home and had yet to receive the deed, and hence, the insurance.

"Our insurance told us without the deed we couldn't get home owners insurance," said Rogers. "The later in the day it gets you just start realizing you just sunk our entire life savings into this house and just lost everything."

The couple was still in too much shock Thursday afternoon to know what the future held. Right now, they are just trying to salvage what they can.

At the height of the storm, a total of 1,120 homes and businesses were without power in Jefferson County, and 5,800 customers lost power in Shelby County. Power had been restored to all but a few hundred customers by Thursday morning.

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