Storms damage Ky. middle school, barn - WKRN News 2

Storms damage Ky. middle school, barn

Posted: Updated: Feb 29, 2012 10:23 PM CST
GREENVILLE, Ky. -


Parts of Kentucky were hit early Wednesday morning as severe storms pushed through the state.

In Greenville, a middle school was damaged as strong winds and a possible tornado moved through the area.

Muhlenberg County South Middle School sustained damage to its gymnasium roof while students were inside the building.

According to Principal Brian Lile, the storm moved through the area around 8:45 a.m., before anyone at the school heard a tornado siren.

"The students were in the gym where they meet every morning and we quickly got them down into the locker rooms which is below the gym," Lile explained, adding, "Once we had them down, it was about the time the second storm come through and lifted some of the roof up from the building."

The front doors of the gym were blown out during the storm, while water covered the inside of the gym floor.

"The gym is the only damage we received. The rest of the school is okay," Liles said.

The National Weather Service later classified the storm an EF2 tornado reaching winds of up to 120 miles-per-hour.

Nearby, in Christian County, strong winds toppled over a large barn located on a cattle farm.

The storms moved through the area just off Princeton Road, which is just outside the city of Hopkinsville.

Ronnie Leavell works for Fox Creek Cattle Company, where the barn was destroyed.

"We were feeding cattle earlier this morning and the constable came down we was feeding on the south end.  He asked us, ‘You see the barn was down?' and we said, ‘No,'" he recalled.  "During that length of time we came back up here and the barn was down."

Employees told Nashville's News 2 that the roof was repaired about a year-and-a-half ago.

No injuries were reported from either storm.

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