A midday storm Friday that packed heavy winds and rain knocked down several tree limbs and poles in Lexington, blocking portions of some roads and keeping emergency crews busy.
Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said traffic hazards, including fallen trees, debris and high water, existed on several roads at 3:30p.m.:
■ Walnut Hill Road at Shelby Lane.
■ Hume Road at Bryan Station Road.
■ 3900 block of Leestown.
■ Kastle Drive at Sunset Drive
■ North Broadway at Haggard Lane.
■ Richmond Road at Fairwood Lane
■ Kingston Road at Wanda Way.
Emergency crews were called to several intersections throughout the city, but the number of impassable streets decreased as roads were cleared.
However, downed electric polls closed outbound and inbound lanes of Leestown Road from the entrance of the federal medical prison to Yarnallton Road, Roberts said. The road will be closed for six to eight hours. People going to and from Frankfort should use an alternate route, or Interstate 64, she said.
No injuries or accidents have been reported from the downed power lines, trees and flying debris from Friday's storm.
In downtown Lexington, firefighters were letting people back inside a parking garage near Upper and Second streets after a portion of the roof collapsed.
Maj. Todd Reece said. Emergency crews were called to the parking garage after someone saw a portion of the roof fall in. The collapse was caused by accumulated rain and might have been rotted, Reece said. No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged. There were about 35 to 70 cars in the garage at the time of the collapse.
The garage is owned by Christ Church Cathedral, and officials plan to close the garage, said John Brice, chairman of the parking committee.
"The garage will be closed until an inspection deems it safe," he said.
In addition, a downed pole blocked both lanes of traffic on Leestown Road between Locus Farm Road and North Yarnallton Pike, according to the Lexington traffic management. Police were diverting traffic to other roads.
Military Pike between Texas Lane and the Woodford County line was closed by trees blocking the road, according to the center.
Newtown Pike was closed at New Circle Road and had downed power lines near Nandino Boulevard, but it reopened after about an hour.
Kentucky Utilities reported fewer than 3,000 Fayette County customers without power after the storm, according to the utility's website. The website reported 73 outages that have affected 2,417 customers.
John Bobel, a spokesman for Lexington Emergency Management, said his office watched the storm and alerted organizers of several key weekend Lexington events, including Ichthus, the Junior League Horse Show and a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
"We helped coordinate with city agencies and the Kentucky Horse Park because of the folks at Ichthus," Bobel said.
"There are between 10,000 and 50,000 extra people in town this weekend," he said.
By 1:15 p.m., the city's Division of Streets and Roads had received 17 tree-related calls, according to a city news release. Rob Allen, deputy director of streets and roads, said five crews were cleaning up the storm debris.