Short storm brings frightening festival weather for Hillbilly Days

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A sudden storm took many Hillbillies by surprise on day two of Hillbilly Days.

"Oh boy. Yeah, that kind of came out of nowhere," said Alani Jimenez.

The storm lasted just a few minutes.

"We were seeing on the apps that nothing was showing up there and we thought oh, it will just pass us it won't hit us here," recalled Jimenez.

Jimenez works as a cartoonist, drawing smiles at festivals.

"We appreciate everyone who comes back every year to get a character done," said Jimenez.

But Friday's short, powerful storm turned many upsides down.

"One of our other booths totally got blown upside down," Jimenez pointed out.

Their booth, along with many like Miss Piggy's Pork Shop received heavy damage.

"I have been coming down here with him since I was a little kid working. Then I started my own up," explained Doug Grushem.

Grushem owns Mr. Beefy's while his father owns Miss Piggys.

"He had to fold up shop and go home," said Grushem.

The storm destroyed his father's stand, forcing him to close up early.

"He was disappointed for sure. He loves serving the people and stuff," Grushem pointed out.

Even our anchor and news director Steve Hensley was caught in the storm live on-air.

Thankfully, at the end of the day, no one lost their life.

During that storm, one person was taken to Pikeville Medical Center. Four others with minor injuries refused treatment.

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