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Western KY, TN residents cleaning up after strong storms

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(WSIL) -- Clean up efforts are underway in the western parts of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Residents in the community of Hazel, Ky. woke up to dozens of tree limbs scattered throughout town. One tree fell onto a vehicle owned by resident Scott Beavers. The tree broke Beavers' back windshield.

The National Weather Service says the damage near Hazel, KY, was from a microburst with peak winds of 95 mph.

Broken back windshield of a vehicle owned by Hazel, Ky. resident Scott Beavers

"[The tree] had slid underneath the back of the car and raised it up," Beavers said. "The tires were sitting on the tree."

Beavers spent an hour cutting freeing his car from the tree limbs with a chainsaw. Tornado sirens blared across the city at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Beavers says.

Large uprooted tree in Hazel, Ky.

He stepped outside his home to listen and was greeted with howling winds.

"Went back in the house and sat down on the couch in front of my door and I heard a, 'wooooo'," Beavers said.

There are no reports of injuries in Hazel related to the storms. Beavers says storms knocked his power out until about 1 p.m.

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative says about 14,000 meters lost power at around 3:30 a.m., the outage's peak. You can check the company's outage map here.

OLD DAIRY FARM GONE

About two miles west of Hazel, storms leveled a Tennessee dairy farm that dates back to the 1940s.

The remains of a barn on an old dairy farm in Puryear, Tn, destroyed by strong storms

Co-owner Lane Green says he and his wife heard about damage to the property at around 4 a.m Tuesday. As they raced to the farm, they found themselves detouring because tree limbs were blocking several roads.

Once they arrived, the couple found massive amounts of debris strewn across the property, including pieces of metal and numerous tree limbs.

Piece of metal stuck in a tree on an old dairy farm in Puryear, Tn.

In the back of the property, the Greens discovered one of their barns and a silo destroyed. Winds blew another barn off its foundation. Green says all three buildings are a complete loss. Now the next step is to clean up.

"I don't like it," Green said. "We're waiting on the insurance adjuster to come. He wants to look at all of this and then we'll start cleaning up."

Strong winds also toppled a tree in front of the Greens' property. The large tree blocked the county line road which is along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Green says crews cleared the road within a few hours.

Large uprooted tree in front of an old dairy farm in Puryear, Tn.

The home on the property suffered minor wind damage. Several shingles flew off the roof. Green covered the roof with tarp to prevent any leaks into the home.

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Danny Valle

Danny Valle anchors News 3 This Morning on Saturday and Sunday and reports Monday-Wednesday at News 3 WSIL. He joined the team in 2017 as a morning producer, before becoming an anchor in 2018, and reporter in 2019. Danny graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism with a specialization in Sports Broadcasting.

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