PERRY COUNTY — Heavy thunderstorms moved through Perry County on Monday bringing strong winds that knocked trees down over roadways and damaged a few structures. Kentucky Power reported approximately 5,900 customers lost service due to the storms, with about half of them still awaiting electricity on Tuesday morning. These numbers are for the entire Kentucky Power region. Of those customers, 311 are located in Perry County.
Along with downed power lines, there were also reports of broken electric poles. Kentucky Power requested 40 outside mutual assistance workers to help with restoration efforts.
The northern section of Perry County was hit especially hard, with a mobile home in Chavies knocked completely off of its foundation by straight line winds and multiple trees blocking side roads in the Krypton, Lower 2nd Creek and Chavies communities, to name a few. Some of the trees were large and had been completely uprooted, leading weather experts to estimate that the wind was most likely in excess of 65 miles per hour at the time.
Unconfirmed tornado reports streamed in from Lawrence County. The Walmart in Louisa was forced to close after wind caused damage to its roof and overturned vehicles in the store’s parking lot.
This is the second week in a row that strong thunderstorms have led to power outages in Perry County. A 60 percent chance of more rain continues through Wednesday and Thursday, with a 30 percent chance of rain lingering through the weekend.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.