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Storm victims still cleaning up

Storm damage at the home of Wayne Ferguson Storm damage at the home of Wayne Ferguson
Wayne Ferguson Wayne Ferguson
Shabana Shaik Shabana Shaik
Damage to Shabana Shaik's garage door. Damage to Shabana Shaik's garage door.
Okko Quaye Okko Quaye

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - By the end of Tuesday, LG&E officials reported just under 1,000 customers still without power following storms and confirmed tornadoes in Kentuckiana.

At the height of the storm, more than 23,000 customers lost power. Despite that, many of those customers told us they feel fortunate.

[SLIDESHOW: Storm damage 01/17/12]

Hours after the devastating storm, tarps were still going up on roofs in Jeffersontown, the result of serious wind damage was obvious, even in the dark. Neighbors like Wayne Ferguson near the Stonybrook area had a big mess to clean up and no power. Surprisingly, he still had a great attitude.

"We'll we're lucky," said Ferguson late Tuesday. "You know, there's a lot of damage, like trees blown down, two power poles are snapped off right in front of the house and we've got a trampoline from three houses down hung up in a tree in a backyard, but you know it could have been a lot worse."

Around the corner, neighbors like Shabana Shaik were a little luckier. Shaik was just getting the lights back on at her home. But the wind took out her front window, a glass door, left debris all over the yard and mangled the garage door.

"All of the sudden our garage door was completely smashed and the whole roof just lifted up by itself and was flapping," said Shaik.

Earlier in the day, tornado sirens under dark clouds made for scary moments, especially in the east end of Louisville. Crews cleared roadways of trees near the Summit as nearly 95-mile-per-hour winds toppled trees and power lines and ripped apart at least one business.

Some of the most dramatic video came from the Tennis Club at Springhurst where clients and instructors left the courts to take shelter.

In the Brownsboro Crossing subdivision off Highway 42, at least a half-dozen huge trees came down. Five of them were in one family's yard. Damage around the Goose Creek area forced roads to close and some Jefferson County Public School students to head to Ballard High School to get picked up by their parents.

Okko Quaye, a Kammerer Middle School 6th grader, said that from his bus he saw he saw big trees that were down on the road, roof shingles in yards and power lines down.

It was a storm that came with all the warnings Ferguson used to not take so seriously. That all changed Tuesday when it literally hit home.

"I think from now on if I'm in the house and I start to hear the warning, we're going to take some precautions," said Ferguson.

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