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Strong winds, heavy rain cause damage in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Strong winds, lightning and flooding left damage in Fayette County Saturday.

The storm rolled into the area around 9:00 a.m.

Lightning hit one tree which started a small fire and some trees came crashing down, one even landing on a car.

Laura New says, "I thought I was in a dream or something!"

That storm entered Fayette County shortly after 9:00 Saturday morning. Just a couple of hours later, you could see its effects all over town.

New says, ""People came from blocks. They said it was so loud, and I didn't hear a thing!"

Laura New was fast asleep when lightning struck a tree just outside her bedroom, igniting a gas line in the front yard. Flames shot out of the ground several feet into the air, but Columbia Gas and the Lexington Fire Department had that situation under control pretty quickly.

Out on Leestown Road, the intense downpour flooded an underpass. A Versailles Police cruiser stalled out when the water splashed up into the engine. The road was shut down for a while until the water had a chance to drain away.

In other parts of town, high winds were the problem.

Mike Thompson was in his salon with several clients when the storm came through.

Thompson says, "We were watching all of the leaves from the trees blow horizontal down the street and that's when we saw the tree, just from the wind, fall diagonally onto our patio."

Laura McAlpin had parked right out front.

McAlpin says, "Someone opened the door and said, 'there's a car that the tree's on.' And I just knew that I would never get a parking place that lucky and then a tree hit my car."

McAlpin says she was just thankful she wasn't getting in or out of her car at the time.

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