The aftermath of the strong thunderstorm in Middlesboro on Thursday left destruction behind. Many lost power and some were even put in direct danger.
According to a phone recording at KU, approximately 4,500 homes were without power Thursday evening.
Middlesboro local, Bernie Young, had a huge tree fall on his home during the storm. No one was hurt, but Young said he is currently in the process of getting the tree off the house piece by piece and then repairing the roof himself.
The campus of Lincoln Memorial University has also started repairing damage done by the storm. According to the LMU news release, the storm damage included wide spread downed trees and damage to several university buildings.
The LMU news release also states, “a window was blown out of the Schenck Center. The Farr-Chinnock Hall and Grant-Lee Hall both sustained roof damage. LMU is working with insurance adjusters to determine the value of the damage.”
“Our maintenance and grounds crews are working diligently to return our campus to its normal operating condition,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “We are fortunate that the most extensive damage was sustained to our landscaping. And certainly, the best news is that there were no injuries.”
Other damage reported includes the roofing of Big Lots, the main sign at Food City, the large fireworks tent across from Food City, and many downed trees all over Bell County.
A spokesperson for the Cumberland Gap Town Hall reported the main extent to their damage was fallen trees.
Chase Smith is a staff writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. She can be contacted at email@example.com.