Storms leaves Kanawha County golf course in shambles

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TORNADO, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A microburst hit a portion of Kanawha County Thursday evening, taking down hundreds of trees and damaging a golf course.

The National Weather Service confirms the microburst hit Tornado with winds of up to 75 mph. The microburst lasted just a few minutes, but caused quite a bit of damage.

County officials said Big Ben Golf Course was the hardest hit. There were people on the golf course when the storm hit about 6 p.m. Thursday, but there were no injuries.

More than a half-dozen golfers were forced to take cover in nearby buildings. Some of them stayed out in their golf carts while the storm pushed through. No one was hurt.

There was some structural damage to the maintenance building at the golf course, but most of the damage was to trees and power lines.

Park officials hope to have the trees cleared from the front nine holes by next week so that the golf course can re-open.