Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:07 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 10:29 AM
(AP) - Strong winds damaged some buildings, knocked down trees and blew a tractor-trailer off Interstate 24, but few injuries were reported ahead of a cold front about to move through Kentucky.
The rough weather plowed through the state early Wednesday morning, setting off tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings along the leading edge and followed those with rain and stiff winds.
Ryan Sharp, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Louisville, said wind speeds exceeded 60 mph in some areas - including one gust around 67 mph.
Damage reports were scattered throughout Kentucky, with the truck being blown off I-24 near Oak Grove. The driver was not hurt.
In central Kentucky later Wednesday morning, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said a 32-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy sustained minor injuries when a mobile home near Campbellsville blew off its foundation. Johnson said no other injuries or damage had been reported.
The weather forced schools in Marion County to start on a one-hour delay, while Christian County imposed a two-hour delay.
"It's not too bad," Johnson said. "I've worked some big ones. I'm happy with a small one."
Ernie Perkins, emergency management director in Grayson County southwest of Louisville, said high winds knocked down some trees and caused "minor damage" to some homes, but there were no injuries.
"We seem to be in pretty good shape," Perkins said.
The storm moved into the Louisville area around 4 a.m. EST and hit Lexington at about 6 a.m. EST, Sharp said.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission reported about 8,700 power outages, with 6,200 concentrated in Barren and Hart counties in south-central Kentucky and the rest scattered about eastern Kentucky. The commission on its website listed high winds associated with the storm as the cause of the outages.
The state's two largest utilities, LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, reported about 500 power outages scattered around the state.
The passing of the winds may not be the end of the sour weather, as the cold front lags well behind the initial line of storms. However, the next batch of weather may be wet, but not as windy, Sharp said.
"We might get one more round," Sharp said.
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