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Storms caused widespread damage in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some busy Lexington roads were closed down Thursday afternoon due to the strong storms that came through mid-morning. Newtown Pike opened back up early Friday morning.

High winds caused many trees to fall and downed power lines along Newtown Pike. The inbound lanes were closed down for several hours.

Newtown Pike was the hardest hit area where a large tree was uprooted and downed several power lines. That damage left several people without power around Citation Boulevard at Newtown Pike. But other areas of Lexington were affected as well.

"It could have been a lot worse, but it really wasn't wasn't too bad really," said Robert Sparks, who lives on Hanover Street in Lexington.

Sparks says Thursday morning's storm brought much more than just rain.

Sparks says, "It knocked our power out. But the only thing I'm really concerned about is these wires are still alive, so you can't walk under them."

The winds were followed by strikes of lightning, leaving several live wires on the ground, cars, and roads.

Also, on over on Irvine Road, downed power lines draped over cars after the storm made its presence. More than 100 people were without power in that area of Lexington where several trees fell, downing power lines. Also, over on Dunaway Street, the storm sent a tree through two roofs.

Finally, in the 5th and Upper area, investigators believe the weather is a main reason a car ran though a red light, hit a law enforcement car. A utility pole then fell on top of the SUV that hit the cruiser.

As of Friday morning, no Kentucky Utilities customers were still without power.


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