Storms tear down trees, knock out power in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In just a short time, the storm clouds rushed through Lexington on Tuesday, knocking down trees along the way, like this one in the Chilesburg area or another one that fell across Pepperhill Road.

However, that was just the start.

"It got dark. It just came up on us within a few seconds," described Amanda Atkinson.

At the peak of the storm, WKYT's Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said the winds gusted over 55-miles-per-hour and that's likely when this tree limb came crashing down.

"I heard a big crash," said Atkinson who found the tree limb laying across a neighbor's truck, "it was just like somebody hit the front door of my door. It was just 'BOOM' real loud."

"It was ten minutes of pretty tough wind, pretty hard," said Clyde Mason.

Mason, who's parked his truck in the same spot on Northampton Drive for two-and-a-half years, said no other storm has made it's mark like this one.

"We went through ice storms, all of it."

While he didn't hear the tree limb crashing noise down onto his truck, Mason said he's feeling the reality crashing down on him, now.

"It's definitely totaled, it's probably drive-able, but the 'Old White Ghost' has seen better days."

While the storm was strong enough to knock this tree limb onto the truck, it also knocked out the power for this area for several hours.

"I was fixing to fix supper and all of the sudden, it just popped, the electricity just went 'pop' real loud," said Atkinson.

The outages spread from there as light after light on Nicholasville Road was knocked out, starting around Zandale and stretching past New Circle Road.

While the storm lasted just a few minutes in the middle of the day, it was enough to make an impact across town and left more than a thousand residents in the dark for hours. Many of the outages, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, were between Armstrong Mill Road and Tates Creek Road. KU leaders tell WKYT, they hope to have all of the power restored by sunrise.

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