Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-13 17:28:06 –
Somerset, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Some officials in central and southern Kentucky continue to work to eliminate the damage caused by the storm from Saturday in the harsher weather.
A short but powerful storm on Saturday afternoon caused great damage to areas like Plaschi County.
“We didn’t really expect more than the usual pop-up showers in spring and early summer. It was like a surprise to us,” said Praschi County Emergency Management Director. Aaron Ross said.
According to Ross, the first weather-related phone call was made around 4 pm and his crew answered a total of 30 calls that were damaged by the storm.
According to Ross, the road crew is still functioning well after sunset and continues to receive calls to clear the roads blocked by windthrows.
“The 10-minute storm probably took 6-8 hours to get back on track, but it’s still sunny today,” Ross said.
According to Ross, most of the damage was related to fallen trees and some power line downs.
At some point, there was a power outage at the 911 Dispatch Center, which was only added to the challenge of responding to storms.
“The backup generator couldn’t be started. It took about 40 minutes to get it back and run,” Ross said.
Meanwhile, in Clark County, firefighters rescued the Winchester family trapped on the second floor of their home. A strong wind uprooted the tree in front of the family’s house, which eventually collapsed into the house.
In Lexington, power outages were also reported in several parts of the city. Hundreds of Kentucky Utility customers were left without electricity while the crew was working to restore power.
Authorities also responded to reports of fallen trees blocking the road on Landsdawn Drive and Nantucket Drive.