Thunderstorm causes hail, wind damage

A thunderstorm cut a swath of damage though Johnson County on Wednesday evening.

Lightning, high winds and quarter-sized hail struck the county. The storm destroyed a barn, knocked down power lines and damaged two churches and several cars. Downed power lines also shut down traffic on State Road 135 through Trafalgar, Fire Chief Tom Tharpe said.

The storm passed through Trafalgar about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued northeast throughout the county, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Werden said.

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