Storm survey

A National Weather Service storm survey team, along with local Emergency Management Agency officials walk past a downed tree on Riley Street in Stamping Ground as they examine storm damage caused by Monday's storm. They determined the damage to have been caused by straight-line winds. 

Storms and strong winds blew through Stamping Ground on Monday afternoon, but it was not a tornado as some earlier thought, said National Weather Service Louisville Meteorologist Kevin Deitsch.

"It was sporadic throughout Stamping Ground," Deitsch said on Tuesday about the damage from the storm. "It was straight-line wind damage."

Among the damage were two houses along Riley Street.

Sixty to 65 mile-per-hour winds blew a large, decaying tree down in front of one house, said Meteorologist John Gordon.

The tree fell across the street and hit another tree in front of another house, which kept that house from being hit, Gordon said.

While the original tree fell, it looked like a limb caught and hit the power line and ripped it out, causing the power to go out in the residence, said Jack Donovan, director of the Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security.

National Weather Service out of Louisville visited Stamping Ground to conduct a study of the damage that occurred Monday afternoon.

"I thought we'd come here and see a micro burst quite honestly," Gordon said. 

Scott County Road Department offered to go through Stamping Ground to pick up limbs that are placed by the streets.

"We will make that sweep through Stamping Ground at the first of the week," said Supervisor J.R. Brandenburg. "Our thought is that we'd give everybody the week and weekend to get it together."

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