Louisa receiving the direct line of fire of high winds and heavy rain; Trees were blown down by lightening quick thunderstoem…
MAY 11, 2015 – by WADE QUEEN
The city of Louisa and areas of Lawrence County south of the city were rocked by a severe thunderstorm that rolled through late Monday afternoon
Louisa was in the bullseye with multiple reports of downed trees, power lines, and damaged roofs around the town.
The storm struck just after 4:30 with 60 MPH winds that also brought high water reports throughout most of Louisa due to up to an inch and a half of rain that fell in about 30 minutes.
St. Jude’s Bargain Center & Thrift Store on Maple Street suffered roof damage due high wind.
Among the multitude of storm damage reports:
* A tree across a mobile home trailer on Vinson Avenue behind the Lawrence County Courthouse.
* South Ky 3 resulted in large scale power outage with the Cherryville Fire Department responding to reports of power
* A tree was blown down on North Lock Avenue, blocking the roadway.
* Multiple trees down on Lady Washington.
* Pike Street was blocked due to power lines and trees down.
* Tree down blocking Old Lick Creek Road on the Dollar General Store end of the road.
* Wind damage to the roof of St. Jude’s thrift store.
Though a severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service just before 2:30 P.M. that was to last until 10 P.M.; but no time was left so no warning was issued for Lawrence County even though the storm that hit was pretty strong. Several neighboring counties bordering Lawrence all received Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, including Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Martin counties, along with Wayne County, West Virginia.
At one point over a thousand customers were without power in Louisa and the surrounding area, nearly 15 percent of Kentucky Power’s customers in Lawrence County, but service was fully restored for all those affected by midnight.