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A thunderstorm gust front in Kentucky Getty Images/Visuals Unlimited

50,000 Homes Lose Power in Kentucky During Severe Thunderstorms

Jun 11, 2014

Thunderstorms that are wreaking havoc throughout the central and eastern part of Kentucky have caused 50,000 homes to lose power, energy companies report.

The National Weather Service issued a severe-thunderstorm warning on Wednesday that is anticipated to last until Thursday. Local media report winds gusting at 70 m.p.h., striking down power lines and trees. Residents have been instructed to seek shelter and stay away from windows to avoid the strong winds and quarter-sized hail.

The Kentucky Weather Center also warned of potential “local high water issues” on Tuesday following heavy rainfall.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

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