Trees and power lines are down, homes are damaged and some roads are blocked after strong storms blew through the Bluegrass Sunday morning.
Cleanup crews were busy in Cumberland Falls State Park in Whitley County, after 100 mile-per-hour winds knocked down trees in various parts of the park Sunday. Limbs fell onto cabins and even cars. No one was hurt in the storms. The National Weather Service is investigating the possibility that an EF1 tornado touched down in the area. Hikers in the park said the storm lasted about three minutes.
The National Weather Service says two tornadoes may have touched down in Leslie County, causing damage there. Most of the damage was centered around the Wooten community where large trees and power lines fell. No one was hurt. In its preliminary reports, the NWS believes two EF1 tornadoes touched down with winds around 100 miles-per-hour.
Some downed power lines left drivers frustrated along a busy Central Kentucky road for most of the day. Storms knocked the lines down across Highway 27 in Garrard County closing the road in both directions for about eight hours. Traffic backed up for miles as crews worked to clear the lines and replace a pole. The road re-opened around seven Sunday night.
Lexington did not escape the wrath of the morning's storms. Many large trees fell all across the city. One fell across inbound Richmond Road, at one point blocking three lanes of traffic. Down power lines on Old Richmond Road also shut a portion of that road down for a few hours. Over on Clays Mill Road, a tree snapped onto a light pole causing it to bend over from the weight of the tree. There were also reports of fallen trees in the Iron Works Pike area.
Kentucky Utilities says at one point 2,300 people were without power, but most of it was restored by Sunday night.