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'All hazards type of weather': Lexington preps for round two of severe weather


Lexington emergency officials are keeping a close eye on the unfolding weather situation in Fayette County – and advising residents to keep roadways as clear as possible.

With a round of powerful storms downing trees, cutting off power for many, and sending debris flying, divisions within city government from streets and roads to the fire department are out in force with a second bout making its way through this afternoon and evening.

Lexington Emergency Management Director Rob Larkin said tonight’s weather could run the gamut.

"This is all hazards type of weather we can expect," Larkin said of tonight's expected severe weather outbreak. "Anything from just heavy rain to lightning, high winds, hail, and spin-off tornadoes."

And with that, no shortage of reminders and warnings to stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary, keep tuned to weather outlets, reserve 9-1-1 for immediate life-threatening emergencies, direct calls about downed power lines to 3-1-1 if there is an obvious hazard.

For those with internet access, the latest can be found at lexingtonky.gov/stormupdates, and BeReadyLexington.com. Social media handles to keep handy: On Facebook, Lexington KY Emergency Management and on X, @LexKYEM.

KU’s outage map is at stormcenter.lge-ku.com.

Outage Info

Power outages continue to affect Fayette County residents through the afternoon following this morning’s storms, which brought wind gusts as high as 55 miles per hour. Over 30-thousand households remain without power across the state, with most outages concentrated within Central and North-Eastern Kentucky.

In Fayette County, K-U and L-G-E estimate over 8-thousand residents and businesses are experiencing outages. The most-affected areas in Lexington are south of Main Street, around Chevy Chase and Ashland Park, where over 2000 are without power, and along East New Circle road north of Alumni drive, where over 3000 are without power. On the west side of town, most of the outages are concentrated along US 60, with an estimated 1000 outages in Cardinal Valley, and over 800 around 60 between Red Mile Rd and Angliana Ave.

To report an outage, you can text “OUTAGE” to 4LGEKU. To check your outage status, text “STATUS” to 4LGEKU. You can also check and report outages by mobile app or online.

A flood watch remains in effect through this evening.

Numbers to Know

311 or (859) 425-2255
Submit a service request


Police – non-emergency
(859) 258-3600

Fire – non-emergency
(859) 231-5600

Fayette County Public Schools
(859) 381-4100

Kentucky Utilities (power)
(502) 627-2000

Kentucky American Water
1 (800) 678-6301

Columbia Gas
(859) 288-0215

(859) 253-4636

Fayette County Sheriff's Office
(859) 252-1771

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.