(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Thunderstorms packed a powerful punch as they rolled across the tri-state Wednesday morning.
After several consecutive weeks of dry weather, the region got the rain it needed, but at a price.
The storms entered Ripley County at about 7:30 a.m. with winds of 45 to 50 MPH, enough to bring down tree branches and power lines. Winds of 60 MPH near Rabbit Hash, Ky. were reported by the National Weather Service.
Eagle 99.3 listeners have been reporting power outages throughout the area. Duke Energy has 174 outages in Dearborn County, 341 in Franklin County, and 13 in Ripley County as of 9:00 a.m.
Southeast Indiana REMC reported only 40 outages, mostly in northern Dearborn County.
We also received several reports of water ponding on area roads.
The traffic lights on U.S. 50 through Lawrenceburg were out, causing traffic delays for morning commuters.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10:00 a.m. for Boone, southern Ripley, southern Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties.