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Winds leaves some without power

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County hit with 50 mph wind gusts.

By James Roberts

Mark Perkins was working in his garage Wednesday night when he heard a loud noise.

"I was out in the garage and I just heard a roaring noise," Perkins said. "It was part of my roof hitting the garage."

Perkins ran toward his home to check on his wife, Sandy. He met her halfway. She was running outside to check on him.

No one was injured, Perkins said, and the damage didn't force them to leave their Slate Creek Road home.

That may be the only significant report of damage related to the storm that literally blew through the county Wednesday.

Calls to Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 consisted of reports of trees and utility lines down.

E-911 Assistant Supervisor Ronnie Dooley said the majority of the reports came after a storm briefly dumped heavy rain on the county. It was then that winds picked up, reaching speeds of 53 mph in Campbellsville, and knocking down trees throughout the county.

Statewide, wind gusts in excess of 70 mph resulted in at least 150,000 power outages, according to the Kentucky Public Services Commission. The majority of the damage occurred in the eastern portion of the state.

National Weather Service officials say straight-line winds, not tornadoes, are responsible for the damage.

The wind had power crews back to work after many had spent the last week and a half restoring power to thousands due to the Jan. 27 ice storm.

The majority of last week's local outages occurred with Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative, which initially had 2,750 customers in Taylor, Green, Adair and Casey counties without power. By the following day, the majority of RECC had been restored, according to Anne Beard, manager of member services, and by Friday everyone was back on.

Kentucky Utilities had about 250 Taylor County customers without power Wednesday night, according to Cliff Feltham, KU statewide media relations manager. By early Thursday afternoon, power was restored to all KU customers.

Nolin RECC and Inter-County Energy Cooperative reported no outages on Friday.

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.