At about midday, winds exceeding 60 miles per hour blew through town and knocked out gutters, tossed garbage cans and wiped out porch furniture before finally blowing the roof off a downtown business.
The roof of East Kentucky Physical Therapy blew into the Taco Bell Parking Lot in downtown before the winds died down as evening approached. No one was injured, but following the windstorm, several residents were without power in Prestonsburg, throughout the rest of the county and the state.
According to a press release issued by Kentucky Power yesterday, some 12,000 of their customers were without power following the high winds, which caused damage to power lines, utility poles and other electrical equipment.
Also, downed trees played a key role in both power outages and some minor reports of damage to homes, according to emergency crews in Floyd County.
At this time, power company officials have said it could be Saturday before power is fully restored to all customers.
Power company crews continue to work on the downed lines and are advising residents to steer clear of downed lines no matter how harmless they ma appear.
Kentucky Power customers are encouraged to report all downed power lines to the company at (800) 572-1113 or to notify local emergency or law enforcement.