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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Power is being restored and cleanup is well underway throughout Louisville after Wednesday afternoon's severe thunderstorm brought wind and water damage.
Metrosafe dispatchers confirmed that a child was hurt after a tree fell on him near the corner of Rudy Lane and Deerfield Lane.
The child was headed home on a scooter when a tree fell across Deerfield Road and a large branch struck him, police said.
Four neighbors rushed out to rescue him, and used a car jack to lift the tree branch off of the child. They then called emergency responders. The Saint Matthews Fire Department, the Saint Matthews Police Department and the Louisville Metro Police Department all responded.
The child was initially transported to Baptist Hospital East, then to Kosair Children's Hospital. A Norton Healthcare spokesperson said the child was in critical condition.
WDRB's Tamara Evans reported that a section of Newburg Road (from Bashford Manor Lane to Champions Trace Lane) was shut down due to power lines being down. Two wooden poles snapped and the lines are hanging close to the road.
The Rural/Metro Corporation building on Gilmore Industrial Blvd., where ambulances are housed, suffered significant damage during the storms, when one of the walls collapsed.
Taylor Blvd. between Colorado and Central was blocked off after several trees fell down, blocking the road and landing in several front yards. Part of nearby Larchmont Ave. was also hard-hit. You can see a slideshow from those areas by clicking on the "filmstrip" above.
UPS had two aircraft that were damaged during the severe weather.
Mike Mangeot, a UPS spokesman, says a 767 and a MD 11 were both damaged. He described the damage as "fairly minor."
The 767 aircraft should have been repaired in a matter of hours.
The MD 11 was called "unflyable" and will take a day or longer to fix.
The slideshow attached to this story shows cleanup efforts along Larchmont, Montana and Utah Avenues west of Taylor Boulevard Wednesday afternoon. WDRB web producer Dave Creek reported the streets were blocked by limbs, wires and later -- repair crews -- for several hours. What's believed to be straight-line wind damage comes from a storm that produced wind gusts as high as 64 m.p.h. just before 3 p.m. in the area, according to the National Weather Service.