The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a flash-flood watch for a weather-weary Central Kentucky still recovering from Tuesday morning's heavy rains.
The National Weather Service warned on Tuesday that more severe storms could move thorough the area on Wednesday. Severe storms are likely, the service said, along Interstate 65 and east of it in the mid-afternoon and through the night. More than 4 inches of rain was possible in some areas by Thursday, further soaking already saturated areas and possibly sending creeks, ponds and rivers over their banks.
The predicted storm follows Tuesday's strong early-morning thunderstorm, which created headaches for hundreds of Lexington residents who woke up without power.
Strong winds sent trees toppling into power lines as the storm moved through about 5:30 a.m. The falling trees left about 1,300 Kentucky Utilities customers without power, according to KU's online site for reporting power outages. Trees also fell into the road, blocking traffic during rush hour.
About 700 KU customers were affected in the Clays Mill Road area, which forced Lexington Catholic High School to close.
Clays Mill Elementary and Russell Cave Elementary also lost power, but classes were not affected because the schools both use backup generators, Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendal said. Hundreds more residents lost power in neighborhoods near Bryan Avenue inside New Circle Road, near Royster Road and North Cleveland, and near Versailles Road, according to the Web site.
Several Clays Mill Road traffic lights were dark during rush hour Tuesday morning. According to the Lexington Division of Police, lights at the Monticello, Pasadena, Stone and Lane Allen intersections were without power.
Power was restored to all customers by 2 p.m., KU spokesman Cliff Feltham said. Downed trees caused traffic problems at 3245 North Cleveland Road, at North Yarnallton Pike and Falcon Wood Way; and Old Frankfort Pike at South Yarnallton Pike, according to police.