Wednesday storm hits Winchester with force

Published 5:30 pm Thursday, July 7, 2022

In a summer that has been warm and humid, rainy and windy weather may have been furthest from the mind of Winchester citizens recently.

On Wednesday afternoon, a turn in weather conditions took Winchester Рalong with the state of Kentucky  Рby surprise.

Heavy winds and severe thunderstorms hit the community, causing damage and other inconveniences.

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“We have widespread reports of trees down across Clark County,” said Evan Webb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. “About 16,000 homes [statewide] are still without power.”

As of Thursday morning, the exact number of homes and other locations without power outages in Clark County is still unknown. It has been reported that 4,072 power outages occurred in neighboring Fayette County.

The situation began when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 3:12 p.m., which was later updated to a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Clark County at 4:52 p.m as dark and ominous clouds arose.

The storm hit the area at approximately 5:01 p.m., and entered Clark County from the Lexington area and dropped around two inches of rain.

Fortunately for Clark County residents, no flood damage has been reported.

The initial warning called for 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts and penny-sized hail. Ultimately, peak wind gusts would officially register at a recorded 46.2 miles-per-hour. However, because the reading took place at a station 3 miles northwest of downtown Winchester, its possible that the localized speeds might have been somewhat higher.