Storm leaves hundreds without power in Shelby

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Two trees down, road department working to clear them

By Lisa King

A storm that blew into Shelby County at about 5 a.m. left 450 Shelby Energy customers without power, officials say.

Candi Waford, manager of Shelby Energy, said that the outages are scattered throughout the county and that they have not yet determined what caused the outage.

"We have crews on site to find the problem and restore power as safely and as quickly as possible," she said.

Power was restored to most customers at about 7 a.m.

Bob Price, team leader for Kentucky Utilities in the Shelby County area, said KU reports practically no power out.

"We have maybe one or two customers out in Simpsonville and one in Eminence, but that's all," he said.

Officials at Shelby County Dispatch said all has been quiet except for two trees down.

Officials at the Shelby County Road Deparment reported at 6:30 a.m. that two trees are down, one on Hinkle Lane and one on Popes Corner, and that crews are working to clear them from the roadway.

Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said Shelby County has been under a thunderstorm warning, but so far, except for some rain and wind, the storm has not produced any problems, nor any flooding he is aware of.

"We've been pretty lucky so far," he said.

Shelby County Fire Chief Bob Cowherd, whose area covers a good portion of Shelby County, said he has not heard of any particular problems from the storm.

"We have not even made a run," he said. "The storm came through about five [o'clock] and started letting up at about six [o'clock].