High winds struck Seymour early last Tuesday evening, April 28, bringing with them a tornado warning and hundreds of visitors to the Seymour Safe Room.
Bob Crump, the city’s emergency-management director, said 202 people were registered at the safe room, which opened its doors at 7 p.m.
By 7:26 p.m., Crump said he had received a report from Seymour Fire Chief Shawn Crump that winds had increased substantially in the city, estimated between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
A tornado warning was issued in neighboring Christian County just three minutes later, with outdoor warning sirens activated in the city of Ozark at 7:33 p.m.
“KY-3 was reporting on the Christian County warning, showing a triangular pattern from Ozark with Seymour at its northern edge,” Bob Crump reported at 7:35 p.m. “The estimated time for the severe weather to hit Seymour is at 7:52 p.m.”
After hearing this information, Bob Crump activated Seymour’s outdoor warning sirens at 7:37 p.m.
By 7:43 p.m., individuals began arriving at the safe room, and the last person left the facility at 8:20 p.m.
In the interim, there were several problems created by the evening storms.
Probably the most severe was a damaged transformer and power lines near the intersection of Highway BB (Mack Road) and Highway K (South Division Street) at the south edge of the city.
Brady Brooke, Lance Davis and Mitchell Plummer from the city’s electric department were at the scene.
That damage left several city electric customers without power.
Two other issues on Peightel Street and at the city’s substation also caused brief outages.
On South Water Street, a tree fell in the front yard of a home at the intersection of Kanel Street.
Elsewhere, there was minor damage in the city.
Most notable was damage to one of the city’s new directional signs at the intersection of West Clinton Avenue (Business 60) and North Commercial Street. The sign had to be removed so repairs can be made.
Nearly 2 inches of rain fell during the storms.