Storm damage reported in Kentucky, Indiana

Jan. 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Strong winds and possible tornadoes blew through Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, damaging buildings and downing trees and power lines, officials said.

About 14,000 Louisville Gas & Electric Co. customers were without power, including several schools, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported.

Tornado warnings were issued throughout Southern Indiana, north-central Kentucky and parts of Tennessee. In Clarksville, Ind., cars and buildings were damaged as the storm passed through Tuesday morning. No injuries or deaths were reported, the newspaper said.

Damage was reported in Madison, Ind., where the roof was blown off a building in an industrial park. Dave Bell, Jefferson County's emergency management director, said the storm picked up a small plane at the local airport and dropped it back on the ground.

The National Weather Service is investigating to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds, the newspaper said.

In the Pacific Northwest, Seattle residents were preparing for what could be one of the city's largest snowstorms on record. Snowfall as heavy as an inch-per-hour was forecast for Wednesday, AccuWeather.com said.

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