Spring showers bring high waters

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Tornado spotted in neighboring county but Owen escapes serious damage from high winds

By Molly Haines

Despite a confirmed tornado in a neighboring county, Owen County saw very little damage following Monday morning’s severe weather.
A flood watch was issued for Owen County Monday morning and expired at about 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Tom Reaugh with the National Weather Service said the strongest winds reported around Owen County were at 2 a.m. Monday in Frankfort, where winds gusted up to 37 mph.
Frankfort received about 1.40 inches of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Reaugh said at about 4 p.m. Monday, the Kentucky River at Lockport in Henry County stood at 22.8 feet and 14.5 feet in Franklin County. Waters in Franklin County were expected to crest Tuesday evening at 22.3, well below the flood stage of 31 feet.
According to the Associated Press, an EF-3 tornado, packing 140 mph winds, struck southern Henry County near Eminence Monday morning.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb told the Associated Press that the tornado leveled two homes and left only a couple of exterior walls standing on a third residence.
Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said one tree on Old Frankfort Pike came down Monday morning.
“It wasn’t too serious,” Smoot said. “There were a couple of trees down on 325 and 22, but once again they weren’t serious and were taken care of quickly.”