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Storms force Health Department's main offices to close for the day

Lexington firefighters moved an injured child to an ambulance after a two-vehicle collision during a thunderstorm Wednesday morning at Tates Creek Road and Man o' War Boulevard in Lexington. The victim was covered because of heavy rain.  Photo by Pablo Alcalá | Staff
Lexington firefighters moved an injured child to an ambulance after a two-vehicle collision during a thunderstorm Wednesday morning at Tates Creek Road and Man o' War Boulevard in Lexington. The victim was covered because of heavy rain. Photo by Pablo Alcalá | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Storms moving through Lexington that caused traffic and power problems has forced the Lexington Health Department's main site to close for the day.

A power outage caused by a storm Tuesday night created problems at the health department's offices at 650 Newtown Pike. Health department spokesman Kevin Hall said Wednesday morning that location would be closed all day. Other health department offices, 804-805 Newtown Circle and 2433 Regency Road, will open at noon, Hall said.

Officials thought that lightning had caused the outage, but they were not certain Wednesday morning, Hall said. The building didn't have visible damage, he said.

Elsewhere, transformer blew at 3380 Paris Pike, causing a power outage for that residential neighborhood, said Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott of the fire department.

Cliff Feltham, spokesman for Kentucky Utilities, said there were several small outages throughout Central Kentucky on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

A transmission line that runs along U.S. 60 from Versailles to downtown Lexington was down, causing power outages to 13,070 residents and businesses beginning at 4:42 a.m. Power was restored completely by 6:30 a.m., he said.

"We suspect it was lightning, but at this point it's an undetermined cause," Feltham said.

The inner loop of Man o' War Boulevard at Tates Creek Road was shut down because of a wreck, according to Wainscott and the city's website. Fire department vehicles were there as of 9:15 a.m.

Other intersections had flashing lights but all were operating normally in Lexington by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Roberts said there had not been an unusual number of wrecks Wednesday morning.

More storms are possible Wednesday, according to meteorologist Chris Bailey's Kentucky weather blog.

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