Storms Packing Frequent Lightning Roll Across Area
#1 Jul 29, 2012
Storms rolled across central Kentucky Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning. High winds took down tree branches and heavy rains caused some flash flooding. The storms packed frequent lighting, sparking a fire and shocking at least two people.
Lightning struck a woman working on a water line in the middle of a field of Crenshaw Lane in Jessamine County around 7:30 p.m. Firefighters say she was not alert when they arrived. EMS rushed her to the hospital. Officials did not release any information on her condition.
A lightning bolt also struck a man in Nelson County outside of a home on North Cox's Creek Lane north of Bardstown around 10:30 p.m. Officials say they expect the 27-year-old victim to survive.
Firefighters say lightning sparked a blaze that destroyed a barn in Scott County. Flames shot 40 to 50 feet into the air at Hill Crest Farms on Etter Lane. Firefighters say the barn had already collapsed when they arrived.
Lightning hit at least two homes in Scott County. A bolt struck a house on Holton Way around midnight, but didn't cause any major damage. Earlier in the evening, lightning hit house in Stamping Ground.
"I Opened the door and realized it was the fire alarm going off. Walked through the house and saw there was a red flame in the fireplace, and I immediately left the house and went to my neighbor's and told him to call 911," he said.
Firefighters say the bolt hit the chimney, and fire crews were able to contain the flames and limit the damage.
A family was asleep inside a home along Adams Lane in Franklin County when wind snapped a tree limb, dropping it on a power line. The electrical wire shorted out and set the limb on fire. Firefighters managed to keep the flames away from the home and nobody was injured.
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