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Storm causes downed lines, snapped poles

BUCKNER, KY (WAVE) - LG&E crews worked to get power restored to thousands of customers.

Saturday night, more than 13,000 households were without power. Reports of lightning strikes, fires and downed lines came with the storm.

Some of the hardest hit were in Oldham County, where an additional 1,500 houses lost power. Residents near KY-393 and 146 said at least 10 utility poles were destroyed.

Deborah Goeing lives along KY-146. "It was amazing, we weren't sure if it was a tornado or not but it was pretty bad," she said.

Utility pole after utility pole was thrown across the roadway.

"They were some pretty good winds to snap these poles, this is the worst I've seen," said LaGrange Fire Chief Jim Sitzler. He said luckily, no one was hurt.

Beuchel Fire department took four calls about lightning strikes, sparking three fires within a matter of minutes. Fire crews got the blazes under control in less than a half-hour. Officials said damage ranged from minimal to extensive but no people were hurt during the fires.

Area businesses prepared to be without power on Sunday. Parishioners at Buckner Baptist Church announced that they would not be holding Sunday church services as a result of the power outage.

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