At around 4 p.m. Friday, strong winds tore the roof and air conditioning units from AutoZone on Main Street, tossing them onto a mobile home on South Clinton Street and causing significant damage.
The debris snapped a utilities pole, knocking out electricity to area businesses.
Store employee Frankie Harned, who stood outside of the building waiting for further instructions as more rain and wind rolled in, said employees could see the storm coming. The destruction happened quickly, he said. “You can see daylight through the roof,” Harned said, adding that there were seven employees and five customers in the building at the time, but no one was injured.
Officer Tim Moutardier of the Leitchfield Police Department closed off part of South Clinton, which was littered with debris and tangled power lines lying on the ground.
Warren Rural Electric linemen were on the scene almost immediately to begin repairs.
The storm also brought with it bouts of torrential rain and sheets of hail, some more than an inch across.
Following the violent outburst, the eerily grey skies cleared to reveal a rainbow for a few moments.
Area said more storms could hit the area Friday night.
The wild weather prompted officials to postpone the girls 3rd Region Tournament games set for Friday night at the Sportscenter in Owensboro.
The Lady Cougars' semifinal game against Hancock County has been rescheduled for noon Saturday at the Sportscenter.