Thunderstorms put end to heat wave, cut power for thousands

lblackford@herald-leader.comJuly 8, 2012 

Some much-needed rain and cooler temperatures finally got to Lexington on Sunday via some powerful but scattered thunderstorms that knocked out power in spots across Fayette County.

Kentucky Utilities reported that roughly 15,000 people were out of power after one line of storms rolled through Fayette County shortly after 5 p.m., although it appeared to have been mostly restored shortly afterward. The most severely affected areas appeared to be near Liberty Road and along New Circle Road in the Lakeview area. Parts of Hamburg also were affected, including Wal-Mart, which lost power for about an hour in the late afternoon, officials said.

The storms also affected power around the state, including spots in Bourbon, Clark and Fleming County. Although some areas in Central Kentucky saw no rain from early storms, other areas received flash-flood warnings.

More thunderstorms were expected through Sunday evening, and they were predicted to end a record-breaking wave of heat and drought that has plagued Central Kentucky in the past few weeks.

According to the weather service, Lexington saw a high temperature of 103 degrees on Sunday, just shy of the record, 106, set in 1936. That year saw 21 days when temperatures topped 100 degrees.

Sunday was Lexington's seventh day this year when the temperature hit 100 degrees or higher.

The weather forecast calls for highs in the 80s all week.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford.

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