Thursday storms tread lightly on community

Published 5:00 am Friday, April 3, 2009

A line of storms that made its way across the state Thursday didno reported damage to the Lincoln County area, officials said.

Lincoln County Civil Defense Director Clifford Galey said thestorm system did scatter hail throughout the county, but that theprimarily dime-sized hail did no damage that has so far beenreported.

“The first reported hail was at Zetus Grocery, and we hadreports of it all the way over to Ruth,” he said.

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The reports of hail lasted around half an hour, Galey said.

There were three or four trees down on county roads, but so farthe damage report has been clear on them as well, Galey said.

The next round of spring storms could come Saturday night, Galeysaid, though it’s a little early to tell.

“There’s a good possibility we’ll see some more storms Saturdaynight into Sunday morning, but at this point that could stillchange,” he said.

Galey said the reason the severe storms have been battering thearea is because of prolonged polar jet stream activity. The coldair from the north meets the warm air coming up from the gulf andcauses a disturbance over the state.

“It usually moves up in the spring but it hasn’t yet, and Ithink the storms are following it,” he said.