LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Strong winds brought on by nighttime storms caused power outages and traffic problems for several people in the Louisville area on Saturday morning.
I-65 was briefly closed in both directions between Outer Loop and Fern Valley Road, due to downed power lines. At the time of this writing, crews were preparing to reopen the northbound lanes of I-65 and one southbound lane.
LENSAlert Traffic Advisory: Interstate 65 will be closed in both directions, between Outer Loop and Fern Valley Rd, to power lines across the road.
– Emergency services (@LouMetroES) December 11, 2021
WDRB meteorologist Rick DeLuca said the damage was caused by straight-line winds around 3 a.m. on Saturday.
Extensive tornado damage has been reported across much of western Kentucky, and Governor Beshear has declared a state of emergency in several counties.
At 5 a.m., about 60,000 customers were without power in Kentucky. LG & E’s blackout map showed that more than 27,000 customers had lost power. Officials say that due to the numerous outages, they are unable to provide an update on when power will be restored.
Viewers on the WDRB Facebook page reported that there was a power outage in Radcliff, Hillview and near the Bullitt / Nelson County line.
The governor has scheduled a press conference for 5 a.m. We will broadcast it live here.
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