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Wed July 1, 2009
High Winds Cause Damage in Murray
By Chris Taylor
Murray, KY – A short-lived severe thunderstorm caused property damage and power outages throughout the Murray area last night. 40-50 mile per hour winds brought down limbs from trees and scattered debris causing structural damage to some buildings and cars.
Emergency Director Bill Call says there was a fair amount of damage to north side businesses and some significant damage to homes along Olive Street from fallen trees. Specifically, Dollar General and Office Depot suffered damage to their roofs and a door was blown off the hinges at Cheri Theater. Numerous trees and power lines were downed in roadways. On the Murray State campus, some damage was reported to Richmond Hall, where an exterior wall was apparently split open and a roof in College Courts was damaged.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Shanklin estimates peak winds were up to 95 MPH.
No injuries have been reported.