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Severe storms leave mark across central, southern Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Strong thunderstorms are moving through central Kentucky Tuesday evening. Strong winds have been the biggest problems with this storm.

Trees were reported down across Lexington. During the afternoon rush hour, many roads were blocked.

On East Tiverton Way, a tree fell down across a truck, damaging it. We're told no one was hurt there.

There are also reports of trees down in Scott and Rockcastle Counties. The National Weather Service reports wind gusts of 45 to 50 miles an hour in Pulaski county.

In Madison County, winds knocked down a sign at the Red Roof Inn. It fell on one truck, damaging it. We are told no one was injured, and the truck belonged to a hotel guest. Employees at that hotel say the storm didn't seem that bad, but they did notice pretty strong gusts of wind.

A tree fell on a house on Hamilton Avenue in Somerset. There is a little damage to the roof and no one was hurt. We're told people with chainsaws are removing it.

The emergency management director tells us there was also a collapse at a building under construction on West 80 in Pulaski County.

The storm left people trapped on Laurel Lake for a short time Tuesday afternoon. The Woodbine Fire Department and Fish and Wildlife managed to get to them quickly and get them to safety.

The storms are also being blamed for power outages. Kentucky Utilities as of 8:30 p.m., there were around 3,600 power outages in Fayette county. But by 11:30 p.m., there were only 50 outages. At one point, there were around 8,000 outages in central Kentucky. WKYT also had reports of stoplights out on Nicholasville Rd. near the mall, during the afternoon rush hour.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire area in a slight chance for severe weather through Wednesday.

Clusters of storms will develop and roll across the state during this time. Damaging winds and large hail will be the main players with these storms. Isolated tornadoes are a possibility.

These storms will also be big time lightning producers and put down torrential rains. That could cause some local high water issues.


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