Perry County braced for severe weather and storms this week, these coming just after a stretch of warm, dry weather had hit the region.
Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches were declared by the National Weather Service (NWS) for most of Eastern Kentucky, including a warning for Perry, Knott, Letcher, and Harlan counties which ended at 2 p.m. on Thursday. More than 3,300 Kentucky Power customers have reported outages as of 2 p.m. Thursday, and over 800 of those outages are reported to be in Perry County.
Eastern Kentucky was only under the slight risk category, according to NSW, of receiving severe thunderstorms from a storm system that has been hitting the Mid-Atlantic hard. The storm system causing these area outages has been forecasted by the NWS Storm Prediction Center to possibly cause significant wind damage, large hail, a few tornadoes, as well as heavy rainfall; however the more extreme weather conditions are less likely for the region.