On June 16, 2009 a powerful "derecho" moved from west to east across southern Kentucky.  A derecho is a long-lived line of severe storms that produces a widespread swath of damaging winds.  Occasionally brief tornadoes and marginally severe hail can occur as well, but the strong straight-line winds are the real calling card of a derecho.  On the 16th, wind damage was reported from many different locations across southern Kentucky.

Weather watchers in the Commonwealth got some great photographs of the storms as they rolled in.  Those photos are presented below.  Click on an image to see a larger version.

From Robin Baker in Edmonton:

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From Heather in Edmonton:

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From Rose Burris in Glasgow:

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 From Amanda Duvall in Metcalfe County:

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 From Dale Forney in southern Kentucky:

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 From John Humphress in Campbellsville:

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From Marilyn in Lonoke:

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From Michelle Spence in Freedom:

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