Saturday, August 13, 2011

Severe storm slams Louisville, causes power outages for 105,000

A severe thunderstorm rolled through the Louisville area Saturday evening, leaving behind broken limbs, downed trees and power lines.

Tens of thousands of area residents lost electricity.

Shortly after 6:45 p.m. Louisville Gas and Electric was reporting 105,244 power outages in Jefferson County and 299 in Oldham County and 192 in Shelby County. Duke Energy said there were 7,653 outages in Clark County, 12,573 in Floyd County, and 711 in Harrison County, about 6:30 p.m.

The bad weather blew in from the west, with the National Weather Service first issuing a severe thunderstorm warning for western Jefferson County, and in Indiana, Clark, Floyd and central Harrison counties. It later extended the warning to eastern Jefferson County and along both sides of Interstate 64 toward Frankfort. (more)