Storms with high winds move through area; power outages throughout Central Kentucky

Some of the outages probably will last into sunday, KU says

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comAugust 14, 2011 

A brief but powerful storm packing high winds knocked out power to nearly 20,000 customers in Fayette County on Saturday evening.

Winds up to 70 mph knocked out power to 125,000 customers in Louisville, which appeared to be the hardest-hit area.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday, the Kentucky Public Service Commission reported that the number of Kentucky Utilities outages in Central Kentucky was down to about 7,000 — 3,197 in Scott County, 1,351 in Fayette, 1,363 in Franklin and 769 in Woodford, with scattered outages in other counties.

The number of power outages in Jefferson County was at 74,280 according to the PSC.

On Saturday night, dozens of trees were reported down in Lexington as police and fire crews worked to clear roads and direct traffic at busy intersections that had no working traffic signals after the storm hit about 7:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported to police, said Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel. There were no reports of flooding, either.

Late Saturday, Van Brackel said Lexington police were clearing roadways in several areas. Most of Short Street was without power, as was Newtown Pike from Fourth Street to New Circle Road. Power also was out at New Circle and Bryan Station roads.

Cliff Feltham, a Kentucky Utilities spokesman, said areas affected by the power outage included downtown and the northern and western parts of town. Feltham said crews would be working throughout the night to restore power.

"It will probably be daybreak before we get everybody back on," he said.

There were at least two reports of trees that had fallen on houses, one at Hart Road and another on Breckenridge Street, Van Brackel said.

There also were widespread power outages and reports of downed trees in several other Central Kentucky counties.

According to Kentucky Utilities on Saturday night, about 1,069 customers were without power in Bourbon County, 7,254 in Scott County and 1,947 in Woodford County. The entire town of Midway was in the dark, and parts of Richmond and Frankfort also had outages.

According to Kentucky Utilities, as of 9:30 p.m., about 19,470 customers in Lexington were without power.

Van Brackel said police were using temporary generators to power downed traffic signals. Lexington police brought in third-shift personnel starting at 8 p.m. to help with the high volume of calls, he said.

Elsewhere in the state, many counties in southeastern Kentucky were under flash flood warnings later Saturday night.

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