Storm causes downed trees, power outages, damage in Central Kentucky

Silas Walker/swalker@herald-leader.com
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Storms that swept through Central Kentucky Wednesday caused downed trees, power outages and damage to buildings.

A large tree fell on top of two homes on North Broadway Wednesday afternoon. According to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s news-reporting partner, the occupants of the homes were displaced due to the damage. The downed tree also partially blocked North Broadway, creating a traffic hazard while officials cleaned up the mess.

Lexington police responded to a total of 190 incidents that may have been weather related between 2 p.m. Wednesday and early Thursday morning, according to Lt. Dan Truex. The incidents included two injury collisions, 36 non-injury collisions, 39 motorist assist calls and 113 traffic hazard calls, which included downed and traffic signal outages.

None of the injuries from the accidents were serious, Truex said.

The Lexington Country Club suffered damage from the storm and has closed its pool, golf course and dining room as a result.

Galvin’s, a sports bar in Georgetown, also suffered heavy damage. WLEX18 reported a facade was blown off the building, but no one suffered injuries.

Galvin’s remained open Wednesday evening but access to the front of its building was closed. Carryout and dining in the backroom was still available.

More than 4,000 customers in Fayette County were without power as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Kentucky Utilities’ power outage map. Nearly 17,000 were without power at one point Wednesday afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 2,500 customers were without power in Fayette County.