Last night’s storms impact travel, leave damage, but most power restored as of this morning


The Louisville metro area was hit hard last night by reported tornadic activity. Damage reports, photo’s and video are emerging this morning that include ominous dark cloud formations followed by extensive property damage. Franklin County also experienced a tornado warning last evening.

In the greater Richmond area, severe storms last night and into the early morning hours of today saw strong sustained winds. The system packed wind gusts around 60 mph. The wind brought trees and power lines down in several area counties. Area power crews from Jackson County RECC, Bluegrass Energy, Clark Energy and KU worked through the night to restore most all services as of this morning. Even though many experienced outages for hours during the storm, as of this morning, no major outages still exist.

In Jackson County, Highway 290 was completely impassable for some time. A downed tree broke two PRTC utility poles. Road has since reopened, but crews are expected back on the scene today to continue repairs.
Other travel impacts from the storm last night included a tree down on power line HWY 52 at Regis Rd blocking road. In Estill County, electric was also out for a time at the traffic signals at the new bypass in Irvine. Trees and powerlines down on Scaffold Cain Road & Bratcher lane in Berea. Another tree down blocked the roadway in Richmond on Sarah Leigh Drive. Two trees were reported blocking south lane on 421/BMH at Battlefield Park and one in Kingston area before Shell. A garage was reportedly destroyed on Nina Ridge Road in Garrard County. Concord Road was also blocked by a tree. Area fire fighters worked into the night to aid in clearing roads.