Fayette County

Power restored to all Fayette customers with outages caused by 'ferocious' winds

Versailles Road was closed at New Circle Road because of downed power lines Monday. It was reopened to traffic by 5 p.m. in time for evening rush hour.
Versailles Road was closed at New Circle Road because of downed power lines Monday. It was reopened to traffic by 5 p.m. in time for evening rush hour. Herald-Leader

More than 14,000 Lexington Kentucky Utilities customers lost power for several hours Monday because "ferocious" winds took down power lines and broke parts of large power poles,

Versailles Road, closed from New Circle to Man o' War Boulevard so crews could make repairs, reopened to traffic by 5 p.m., in time for evening rush hour, said KU spokesman Cliff Feltham.

By 7 p.m., power had been restored to everyone, he said.

The majority of the outages occurred between Lexington and Versailles after winds of 50 mph hit early Monday ahead of a cold front, KU said. About 1,200 customers lost power in Jessamine County, and a few hundred were affected in Bourbon County after poles snapped between Fayette and Bourbon.

Feltham attributed all of the outages to "really ferocious" winds.

According to the National Weather Service website, the strongest wind gust at the airport was 53 mph.

Feltham said most of the damage to power lines and poles occurred near Versailles and New Circle roads.

KU crews put up electrical lines that had been knocked down and replaced crossbars on many power poles that were broken or knocked to the ground when the winds came through, he said.

Feltham said workers were able to reduce the number of outages fairly quickly by "isolating" areas that were significantly affected and then restoring power there from "other sources."

In addition to outages along Versailles Road, separate outages were reported on Jefferson and West Second streets and on Parkers Mill Road, among other Lexington locations.

City crews responded to reports of downed trees and limbs, but none of the reports seemed major, according to Lexington officials.

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