Mayor urges caution as more storms forecast this afternoon

Lexington residents are encouraged to be weather aware this afternoon, as more damaging storms are forecast, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

“We suffered significant damage this morning, with trees down, roads blocked, and traffic signals out after a first wave of storms with high winds moved through our city,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “According to our forecasters, even more significant storms are possible this afternoon. Residents need to remain vigilant and stay indoors if possible.”

Storm damage reports have been coming into the city all morning, Gorton said. So far, the city is aware of one weather-related injury.

This morning, the Lexington Fire Department had 61 calls for emergency service, two calls involving trees crashing into homes, and two working structure fires caused by downed power lines.

Police reported three injury collisions this morning and seven non-injury collisions. Officers identified 43 traffic hazards. I-75 at the Athens Boonesboro Road exit has reopened in both directions.

Traffic engineers reported 74 signals across the city without power this morning. Problem areas include Tates Creek, south of Fontaine; Harrodsburg near New Circle; Alumni and Versailles roads.

LexCall reported 30 calls of blocked streets, including damage in the Versailles Road and Old Frankfort Pike corridors and in Chevy Chase. Streets and Roads crews have been out all morning clearing roads.

Garbage pick-up was suspended because downed trees and limbs made many roads impassable for the large trucks.

LG&E and KU reported about 9,500 customers in the Lexington area without power this morning.

The City has closed all golf courses for the day. Picadome Golf Course is reporting significant tree damage. Lakeside has limbs down.

Spring Break Camp for Extended School Program will close at 1:30 today.

McConnell Springs reports trees down and no power. At Jacobson Park, fencing at the dog park has been blown down. Repairs are underway.

City employees who are not involved in storm-related work will leave work at 1 p.m. today.

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