Storms leave behind scattered damage; tree briefly traps Lexington resident

jwarren@herald-leader.comJune 5, 2014 

Storms caused scattered damage and flooding in various parts of Kentucky overnight, but no deaths or injuries, state officials said.

Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, said a suspected tornado touchdown was reported in Lawrence County in far Eastern Kentucky, and possible tornadoes were reported in Western Kentucky where a barn was destroyed in Union County.

Investigators were to check Thursday to determine if the Lawrence storm was a twister, Rogers said.

Lawrence County officials reported some minor damage to a residence. Officials said they were waiting for more detailed reports from throughout the state.

In Lexington, a tree fell on the back of a house on Lynn Road about 11 p.m., said fire department Maj. Mark Harvey. The home was extensively damaged, he said.

A resident was trapped briefly inside the house until firefighters turned off the electricity, Harvey said.

While "very light" damage was initially reported, mostly in Western Kentucky, flash flooding was a more serious issue.

Some blocks were flooded in downtown Mayfield, and officials evacuated some areas, Rogers said. A temporary shelter was set up in a church.

Johnson County in Eastern Kentucky declared a state of emergency due to localized flooding, according to Rogers.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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