Posted: Dec 30, 2012 8:29 PM
Updated: Dec 30, 2012 8:36 PM
The winter weather that hit our area Friday night is still causing problems. Power outages plague many northern Kentucky communities.
Business is booming at the McDonald's in Cynthiana this weekend. It seems to be one of the "go-to" spots for those without electricity.
"I got my laptop and my cell phone charged because we were out of electricity for a couple days. We haven't had electricity since late Friday night," says Sabrina Sullivan.
The Sullivan family spent last night reading by candlelight. "I would imagine you can do that for a little bit? It gets old after a while," says Sullivan.
"It aggravates you. I was in here this morning I talked to 5 or 6 people and theirs are all out and they don't know what to do either," says Jack King.
King is among thousands who lost electricity Friday night. But many others also lost power Saturday evening. Blue Grass Energy says melting ice and snow falling off power lines is causing additional outages, which could explain Scott Emery's situation in Scott County. "I came home last night at 8:00 and the power was out. We'd been gone since noon," says Emery.
Blue Grass Energy tells us the Cynthiana Christian Church has opened its doors to shelter those without electricity. Call 859-588-1359 for a ride.
Emery and his wife are putting their wood-burning stove to use for cooking and keeping warm. "We started closing off back bedrooms and doors and hanging blankets over some of the entryways to isolate the heat," he says.
More than 7,000 Blue Grass Energy customers were without electricity Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, that number was down to about 5,000. As of Sunday night, there are about 2,800 people in the dark.