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NWS: Straight Line Winds Caused Damage in NKY

The weather was fierce, dangerous, and damaging on Wednesday, but there was no tornado in Northern Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service. 

Instead, the heavy damage sustained by some homes - and the widespread power outages across the region - were caused by straight line winds. Meteorologists from the NWS conducted a survey of the area after Wednesday morning's severe storms that resulted in a tornado warning, but there was never a tornado touching down, they said.

The meteorologists surveyed damage in Boone, Kenton, and Gallatin Counties. A final assessment with results of the survey will be transmitted via apublic information statement at 9 p.m., the NWS said.

The NWS explains the difference between straight line winds and a tornado here.

Meanwhile, there will be a statewide tornado drill in Kentucky on Friday at 10:07 a.m., the NWS stated. Locally, sirens failed to go off during the large storm in parts of Northern Kentucky with some officials citing a miscommunication from the NWS.

-Staff report