Severe Storm Causes Damage in Lexington

It began with thunder and lighting, then heavy rain, and, finally, tornado warning sirens.

Late Thursday night, the Bluegrass was hit with its first severe thunderstorm of the year.

As the storms moved through Lexington strong winds and heavy rain brought down trees and branches already weakened by ice from a cold snap from earlier this year.

Falling trees and branches closed roads throughout Lexington. North Cleveland Road was completely closed overnight after two large trees fell on the street.

Some branches and trees landed on power lines causing an extensive power outage along Athens-Boonesboro Road. That caused parts of the city to see their lights flicker, and then darkness followed for many.

Some 24-hour businesses were forced to close their doors due to the power outage.

One Speedway gas station employee told ABC 36 that even though they were closed, he was making good use of the time to deep clean the convenience store while he waited for power to be restored.

According to the Lexington Fire Department, you should be alert to potential problems when power is restored. They recommend walking through your home and checking your circuit breakers to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.

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