The National Weather Service has determined that injuries and damage in Harlan County were caused by 90 mph straight-line winds. The weather service said the storm on Monday caused three minor injuries and damaged three buildings in Evarts, including one building hit by a tree. Numerous trees were also reported damaged. Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill said the storm also downed power lines and caused power outages in the county.
A fire in a Pike County railroad tunnel is causing some concern for folks in the area. Several schools cancelled class on Monday, as the Robinson Creek area fills with heavy smoke and fumes. Folks describe the scene Saturday night as terrifying; with loud crashing noises and flames reaching as high as the mountain. Monday morning, firefighters from Shelby Valley worked to extinguish the flames inside the tunnel that stretches 700 feet through the mountain.
Investigators believe two fires along one Laurel County street are questionable. The first fire happened on Waterworks Road Sunday night, then another home burned last night. Firefighters think because both fires are close to one another, it is suspicious. Police say it is too early to tell is arson is to blame.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare officials and a labor union hope they can reach a contract agreement. Hospital and Union officials are expected to meet Wednesday in Lexington at 1 p.m. If they do not come to an agreement by midnight Wednesday, nurses would then go on a 24 hour strike. The Southern United Nurses/National Nurses United Labor Union issued the notice last week. Only ARH Hospitals in Hazard and Beckley, West Virginia will be affected.