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Strong storms injure child, damage buildings, cause thousands of outages

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This picture shows the tree that fell on 12-year-old riding a scooter in St. Matthews. This picture shows the tree that fell on 12-year-old riding a scooter in St. Matthews.
The scooter was still underneath the tree when a WAVE 3 News photographer shot this picture. The scooter was still underneath the tree when a WAVE 3 News photographer shot this picture.
Neighbors used a car jack to lift the tree off the child. Neighbors used a car jack to lift the tree off the child.
Air 3 shows the damage to the Louisville headquarters of Rural Metro Ambulance. Air 3 shows the damage to the Louisville headquarters of Rural Metro Ambulance.
Materials from the roof of Bashford Manor Baptist Church that were ripped off by the storm. Materials from the roof of Bashford Manor Baptist Church that were ripped off by the storm.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A downed tree critically injured a 13-year-old boy Wednesday, damaged buildings and left nearly 53,000 people without electricity across the entire LG&E coverage area as strong thunderstorms moved through parts of Kentucky and Indiana.

The boy was riding a scooter when the tree fell at 419 Deerfield Lane in St. Matthews. Neighbors used a car jack to lift the tree off the child, who was rushed to Baptist Health with serious injuries, according to St. Matthews Fire. Police later provided an escort as the child was transferred by ambulance to Kosair Children's Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said the boy was in critical condition. A neighbor said the child suffered a serious head injury.

[SLIDESHOW: Storm damage across WAVE Country]

In addition, a building at 3307 Gilmore Industrial Boulevard, the Louisville headquarters of Rural Metro Ambulance, was badly damaged when a wall was blown out by the storm. Concrete blocks fell on cars parked in the rear of the building.

Bashford Manor Baptist Church also suffered damage to its roof.

Downed trees and power lines were reported throughout the Louisville area and flooding was visible in the Highlands and many other neighborhoods. In addition, numerous traffic lights were out throughout the metro area. Drivers should treat intersections where traffic lights are out as four-way stops.

As of 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy was reporting nearly 650 customers without power in Floyd and Clark counties. To view LG&E and KU's Outage Map, click here. To view power outages for Duke Energy, click here. For Clark County REMC outages, click here.

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