Storm fells trees, cuts power to residents

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<p>Storm fells tree: Gaylen Honea of Paris looks at a tree felled by a storm on Monday, May 20. The tree came crashing down in his backyard. No one was injured and it missed his house.</p>

A band of strong thunderstorms moved through Logan County Monday night May 20 and Tuesday morning May 21, dumping about two inches of rain on the area, felling several trees which knocked out power to about 20 residences and business in Paris for several hours.

The storms began moving through Paris shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20. The Paris Police Department answered 18 weather-related calls between 9:33 p.m. that Monday night and 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, according to department call logs. Power was restored to Paris residents early Tuesday morning, according to Roger Goodson, electric department supervisor for the city.

“The majority of the damage was south of Highway 22,” Goodson said. “There was a lot of tree damage and the power was cut because of trees hitting electrical lines.”

Goodson said electrical department employees were called out around 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 and finished work about 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Because of the damage and sparking electrical lines, members of the Paris Volunteer Fire Department were called out three times beginning at 9:20 p.m. that Monday night, according to PVFD Chief John Pail Wells.

In the county, the Logan County Sheriff’s office received three calls about downed trees or limbs blocking roads, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff David Spicer. County Judge Gus Young said trees or limbs blocked or partially blocked Brown Street near Paris, Shady Lane, Ludwig Road, Crossroads, Six Mile Road, Jones Road, Weaver Road and Mid-Valley Road.

The blockages were cleared by Tuesday afternoon, May 21, Young said.

A large tree fell in the back yard of a home owned by Gaylen Honea on Seventh Street in Paris. While the tree didn’t hit the house, it covered his back yard last week.

“It sounded like a gun shot,” Honea said. “No one was hurt but it just missed our house. The tree now covers the back yard.”

The two inches of rain brought the Paris area up to 4.9 inches of rain for the month of May, which is normal rainfall for the month.

Area residents can relax because there is no severe weather predicted for the remainder of this week. However, there is a slight chance of showers Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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