Over 5K without power in Louisville after storm; trees and power lines down

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An LG&E truck arrives in the 7500 block of Arnoldtown Road following a storm on July 6, 2022.
An LG&E truck arrives in the 7500 block of Arnoldtown Road following a storm on July 6, 2022.

The sky darkened in a matter of minutes Wednesday afternoon, and the resulting thunderstorm left more than thousands of Jefferson County residents without power.

The number of outages peaked at about 13,000 in the mid-afternoon, according to LG&E, after gusty winds blew through the the region. That number had dipped to about 300 as of Thursday afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in place by the National Weather Service in Louisville from about 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The majority of the outages were centered around downtown, Old Louisville, and Valley Station, according to the LG&E outage map.

A woman sat on her porch after a tree fell in the front yard of her duplex near the intersection of South Shelby Street and Marshall Street during a storm that moved through Louisville, Ky., on July 6, 2022.
A woman sat on her porch after a tree fell in the front yard of her duplex near the intersection of South Shelby Street and Marshall Street during a storm that moved through Louisville, Ky., on July 6, 2022.

There were also still more than 30 outages in Southern Indiana as of 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to Duke Energy's outage map.

Several downed trees and power lines were reported Wednesday in Louisville in the aftermath of the storm. A sever thunderstorm watch was in place until 7 p.m.

Storms were also possible Thursday afternoon, the weather service said. And Friday's forecast calls for a 60% chance of rain in the afternoon and evening, with the possibility of "strong to severe storms with gusty winds and torrential downpours," according to a National Weather Snews release.

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Reach reporter Thomas Birmingham @TBirmingham@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @cthomasbirm. 

A traffic light was wrapped in caution tape at the intersection of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Roy Wilkins Avenue after it fell during a storm that moved through Louisville, Ky., on July 6, 2022.
A traffic light was wrapped in caution tape at the intersection of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Roy Wilkins Avenue after it fell during a storm that moved through Louisville, Ky., on July 6, 2022.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville power outages: Over 5,000 without electricity