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A strong storm system and associated cold front approached eastern Kentucky on Easter Sunday, with rainfall beginning during the afternoon. As the low pressure system intensified and moved into the Ohio Valley during the evening of the 12th, wind speeds began to drastically increase across eastern Kentucky. The Kentucky Mesonet station in Dorton, (positioned at 2774 feet elevation) recorded a 79 mph wind gust.

Several other gusts of 40+ mph occurred, leading to numerous instances of damage across eastern Kentucky. This includes downed trees, power lines, and structural damage, causing several roadways to be blocked for a period of time into the morning of the 13th. As many as 70,000 to 75,000 power outages were reported across eastern Kentucky. As a result of these winds, Kentucky Power reported 318 poles had to be replaced while a total of 33 miles of electric wire were downed. The Storm Reports map below gives much more detail regarding specific impacts. A few notable areas of damage include:

- Pikeville where widespread tree and structural damage occurred, including to a marina on Fishtrap Lake and to the roof of a grocery store. An amateur radio and radio station tower were also blown over. 
- Roof damage in Hi Hat in Floyd County.
- A tree blown onto a car in Cumberland in Harlan County.
- Trees blown onto homes in Barbourville.
- Uprooted/snapped trees, power poles shifted several inches, and roof damage near Smilax in Leslie County.
- A barn destroyed in Stinnett in Leslie County.
- Roofs blown off of homes/apartments from Hollyhill to Whitley City, multiple trees downed on homes and across roadways, and hardwood trees snapped in McCreary County.
- A tree falling into a house in Corbin and one on top of a car in Williamsburg.
- A garage having its roof blown off and door blown out in Hazard.
- A tree falling onto a home in Pippa Passes in Knott County.
- A tree falling onto and destroying a home in Blackey in Letcher County.

Widespread rainfall of 1-2 inches fell, with 3-4 inches over portions of southeast Kentucky and the upper Cumberland Valley. A swift water rescue took place in Bell County as a motorist became stranded in flood waters.

Damage to high school scoreboard in Pikeville. Courtesy WYMT.


Tree down on Baker Hill in Perry County. Courtesy of Johnny Ray Feltner. Tree snapped on County Road near Kenny Lane in London. Courtesy of Team W700. Bobby Davis Park Road in Hazard. Courtesy of Johnny Ray Feltner.
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Barn destroyed in Stinnett. Courtesy of WYMT. Route 112 between McDowell and Wheelwright in Floyd County. Courtesy of local Sheriff's Office. Vehicle stranded in flood water on Old Pineville Pike in Bell County. Courtesy of Johnny Ray Feltner.
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Near Alice Lloyd College. Courtesy of Eddie Scarberry. Near Alice Lloyd College. Courtesy of Eddie Scarberry.