HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - 5:30 p.m. Update:
Clear skies and calm conditions are seen across eastern Kentucky Friday afternoon following a line of severe thunderstorms Thursday night into Friday morning.
Kentucky Power reports over 1,700 customers are still in the dark this afternoon.
High wind damaged some buildings at the Big Sandy Regional Airport in Martin county. One hanger storing a medical helicopter only had minor damage, but others were not so fortunate.
"They had some of the roofs ripped off of them," says John Barrett, a flight nurse. "From what we can understand, around 2:00 a.m. there were some straight-line winds-pretty potent winds and damaging hail."
Barrett says none of the damage to the hangers was caused by hail.
After the wind and hail rolled through, moderate rain continued for several hours causing streams and rivers to rise. Several roads are closed and school children were kept home in Knox County on Friday.
A section Turkey Creek Road is closed after part of the hillside came down onto the road. It knocked part of the road into the creek.
People who live in the area say they are used to flood waters every time there is a a lot of rain.
While water covered several roads, the situation improved greatly by Friday afternoon.
The Knox County Judge Executive says he was out surveying the flooding and was working on a total estimate of the damage.
8:20 a.m. Update:
Here are the latest power outages:
6:20 a.m. Update:
We have some school delays to pass along to you this morning.
Whitley County schools are closed.
Martin, Clay and Johnson County schools are on a 2 hour delay this morning.
The Piarst School is on a 1 hour delay.
5:50 a.m. Update:
Perry Dispatch tells Mountain News Highway 451 from Town Mountain Lane to Browns Fork at the Hal Rogers Parkway & Highway 15 just south of Glomawr bridge are shut down due to water or trees blocking the road. Remember, do NOT drive through flood water! Turn around and find another route.
Knox County schools are also closed today due to flooding there.
Here are the latest power outages:
South Kentucky RECC:
Whitley (Williamsburg area)-1773
Pulaski (Shopville and E. Somerset)-371
4 a.m. Update:
While the strongest storms have exited the area, we now have a flooding threat to deal with. The majority of the area is either under a Flood Advisory or a Flash Flood Warning or both.
We haven't had any major reports of flooding so far, but have had several reports of trees down and power outages in both Kentucky and Virginia.
Here are the latest power outage numbers:
Keep it locked here for updates.
2:45 a.m. Update:
The strongest of the storms has now exited Eastern Kentucky but heavy rain will continue through the early morning. The wind has caused several power outages across the region.
Here are the updated power outage numbers from Kentucky Power: Pike-3,431, Martin-1,463, Floyd- 321, Perry 1,327- Leslie- 935
Also we've been told about an accident on Highway 28 near Chavies in Perry County. One person injured, but we're told he's okay.
Officials say two people were hurt in a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 114 in Floyd, County.
It was two miles into Floyd County, near the Magoffin County line.
One person was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center.
They say it was because of a rock slide.
Also we have several reports of power outages.
280 people are without power in McKee in Jackson County.
273 people are without power in Corbin.
788 people are without power in Williamsburg.
503 people without power in Leslie County.
2,956 people without power in Magoffin County.
127 in Floyd County.
361 in Johnson County.