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A storm that swept through the Louisville region Tuesday with wind gusts up to 75 mph knocked down trees and wires but caused no major damage. In Jefferson County, there were dozens of reports of downed trees and electrical wires, MetroSafe Communications officials said.

The storm dropped a half-inch to 1.13 inches of rain in Louisville, which wasn't enough to affect the area's current drought status, said Tom Reaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

As the worst of the storm blew through, the weather service issued a tornado warning from 11:22 a.m. to noon for Jefferson and surrounding counties, including those in Southern Indiana.

During the warning there were two unconfirmed reports of funnel clouds, including a brief touchdown along the Ohio River near the McAlpine Locks and Dam, Reaugh said.

The other funnel cloud was reported near Dixie Highway just south of the Watterson Expressway, but there was no confirmed touchdown, said Mike Crow, a weather service meteorologist.

The strongest winds topped out at an estimated 75 mph in eastern Jefferson County near the Gene Snyder Freeway and Old Henry Road area. Most winds during the storm were 20 to 40 mph, Reaugh said.

LG&E's outages website showed fewer than 400 customers without electricity in Jefferson County as of 5 p.m., down from the several thousand who reported they'd lost power shortly after the storm.

Winds knocked over a tractor-trailer on Interstate 65 near Shepherdsville, blocking two lanes, according to transportation cabinet officials, but those lanes reopened shortly after the accident.

The storms also caused damage around Kentucky, said Mike Callahan, a hydrologist with the weather service in Louisville.

The roof was taken off a building in Hopkinsville in Southern Kentucky.

In Southern Indiana, the main problem was power outages.

Duke Energy at one point had more than 600 customers without power in Clark County, close to 200 in Floyd County and a much smaller number in Harrison County.

Shortly after 5 p.m. the numbers were less than 200 without power in Clark County and just more than 200 in Floyd County, according to the Duke Energy website.There were only scattered reports of trees down in Clark and Floyd counties, police and emergency management officials said.

In Central Indiana, a tornado struck about two miles east of downtown Kokomo, heavily damaging one home and causing roof damage to six other structures.

Rick Shanklin, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., said investigators would head into the field in the coming days to investigate reports of tornadoes.

Weather was expected to stay clear overnight with mostly sunny skies and a high of 75 for today. No additional rain is expected in the area until Monday night, Reaugh said.

Source Courier Journal.

If any of our customers at Claude Reynolds Insurance Agency were affected by yesterday's storms, please  contact us for immediate claims support.

By Matt Reynolds - Google+
Posted 12:44 PM

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