Kenton County couple's home damaged by high winds

VISALIA, KY (FOX19) - A Kenton County couple was forced to stay with family Saturday after strong winds ripped the roof off of a portion of their home.

"We got a call that the roof was off the house," Pat Brownfield recalled Saturday.

As soon as Brownfield heard the news she headed straight over to her brother-in-law's house.

"It wasn't pretty at all," she said. "I didn't even know if Sharon and Lonny were here, didn't know if they were hurt."

A giant had been tree knocked over and their camper was detached from its chains and carried by the wind.

"It was a little tough," homeowner Lon Marshall said. "We've been working on this place for about 20 years. We finally got it the way we wanted it."

Marshall and his wife were safe in Lexington with the winds came through. They had been staying with their kids for the holiday when the call came in from Pat and her husband that Mother Nature had decided to make her own imprint on the family home.

"My brother-in-law said 'I'm going to your house' I said, 'What's the problem' he said somebody called and said the roof is in the front yard," Marshall recanted.

With the roof in the yard, Marshall says there was nothing left to fend off the rain.

"Lots of water damage," Marshall said. "[A] lot of water run in, tying to get a tarp over the roof."

Family and friends did not waste any time patching the roof up, offering some temporary protection against the continuing rains.

"[We'll] Just recoup, just do what we can do," Marshall said.

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