Winter storm leaves thousands in Kentucky without power
Downed trees blamed for outages in southern part of the state.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The snowstorm that moved across Kentucky on Friday left thousands of homes and businesses without power.
Among the hardest-hit areas were in the southern part of the state near the Tennessee border, where Cumberland Valley Electric Inc. reported about 2,500 customers had lost power as of about 1 p.m. EST.
Crews were working to restore electricity in McCreary County, just west of Interstate 75, where about 87 percent of the cooperative’s 522 customers were affected by the outages brought about by downed trees, Cumberland Valley reported. To the east, about 13 percent of Whitley County’s 10,250 customers were without power.
The South Kentucky RECC posted on Twitter shortly before 2 p.m. that about 2,870 customers were without power, mainly in McCreary, Pulaski and Russell counties. Workers were trying to restore service, but “weather is making it difficult,” the post said.
The Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives said on Twitter that 1,500 customers still were without power in Allen County east of I-65 as of 1 p.m. EST. The Tri-County Electric reported outages to more than 740 of its members shortly after 2:15 pm. EST.
Louisville Gas & Electric estimated less than 40 of its customers in Jefferson County were without power as of Friday afternoon. Kentucky Utilities reported a handful of outages across the state, with the largest affecting about 120 homes and businesses near Harlan, Ky.
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