Thousands lose power, trees down in Lexington as storms roll through
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Storms brought strong winds through Lexington earlier Wednesday, leaving behind damage across town.
There was some damage near Transylvania University, where two giant trees were uprooted and are now resting on top of nearby homes.
“I was just up on the third floor and my buddy was in the kitchen and I heard like a loud thud happen, so I hollered I said, ‘is everything ok?’ And he said a tree came in through the first-floor windows,” the homeowner said.
They said they could hear glass shatter, and before they left the house, they said they could smell a gas leak.
In the rain, they waited for the firefighters to come and assess the situation. Their neighbor next door wasn’t home when the tree hit his house, but his father said he came out there as soon as he got the call.
“Well, we’re figuring out how to get the tree off the house and get it sealed up and make sure no damage is done. We’re a little bit worried about the power right now,” said Peter Lafalce, the homeowner’s father.
He said they’re waiting for Kentucky Utilities to come and cut the power line down and make sure all the power is off.
The people who live in the houses were told they will most likely have to spend the night elsewhere. But they say they’re lucky they were all safe.
“I mean we’re in a fortunate situation, nobody got hurt, no real serious damage so I’m fine with KU taking their time to help people with more extenuating circumstances than we have,” Ryan Clifford and Richard Stineorf said.
As of around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, there are still around 8,400 customers in Fayette County without power, according to the Kentucky Utilities outage map.
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