Posted: Jul 6, 2012 5:54 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2012 7:28 AM
Storms rumbled across central and eastern Kentucky Thursday afternoon, downing trees, knocking out power and damaging some buildings.
In Madison County, a strong gust of wind knocked trees onto the Battlefield Memorial Highway. In Clark County, fallen trees blocked roads in the Hedges Station and Miller Hunt areas.
Down in Laurel County, high winds took the roof off a tobacco warehouse. Nobody was inside and there were no injuries.
Not far away, lightning struck near Lisa Oakley's home on Hawk Creek Road, digging a hole in her yard, leaving her car smoking.
"My lights was on on my car; my wipers was on and everything. So evidently, the lightning hit my car," she said.
Lightning struck an out-building on Cody Lane in Powell County. James Tercher lost a truck, $3,700 in cash and other possessions in the resulting fire. He says he was at the Veterans Affairs office working on an application for a house when he heard about the blaze.
"Everything is gone. All my clothes are in there. I stay in there. I'm a Vietnam veteran, you know? So I keep a lot of things in there, and it's all gone," he said.
Lightning split a tree in Jequita Burch's front yard in Jackson County, sending it crashing into her porch. Downed limbs cut power and blocked roads across the county.
Friday morning, there were still some scattered power outages throughout central and eastern Kentucky, as crews worked to repair downed lines.