There were heavy, dark clouds that turned day into night, followed by thick rain and many lightning flashes.
Heavy storms pounded Central and Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, and most of the region was under severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings.
There was water over roads in many places, and damage to trees and barns, but no reports of serious flooding. In general, most of the state escaped the problem caused by a record deluge in Louisville.
One of the worst-hit places, other than Louisville, was Mount Sterling, where Main Street was among the many flooded roads.
"We're got the water coming up," said Ann Shanks, the Montgomery County 911 director. "It's everywhere."
Some homes on Donaldson Road were flooded, Mount Sterling police said.
Neighboring Powell County also had some flash flooding, including a day care center that was evacuated because a ditch along Ky. 15 couldn't handle the volume of rainfall.
Scott County Emergency Management said there was damage along a stretch of Sebree Road in Stamping Ground, but no injuries were reported.
Bradley IGA in Stamping Ground lost part of its roof. At least one barn visible from Ky. 227 had been flattened.
The Kentucky State Police post in London said it had reports of trees and power lines down.
Hal Klingenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said there were reports of "water flowing over the highway at Bimble in Knox County."
Doppler radar estimated that Lexington got from 1 to 3 inches of rain, with up to 4 inches in eastern Fayette County, according to the National Weather Service. The official total for Fayette County as of 8 p.m. Tuesday was 1.41 inches.
There also were downed power lines and flooded streets throughout Lexington, and a number of traffic signals stopped working, dispatchers said.
Lexington police held over the day-shift traffic officers "because we know we will have to have a lot of police officers on the street when people go home," city spokeswoman Susan Straub said.