Kentucky Power Working To Restore Electricity In Eastern Kentucky Counties After Storms

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 16:10:00-04

ASHLAND, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky Power officials say electricity has been restored for about 70% of customers who lost power due to storms on Friday.

The company sent out a release stating that storms caused serious damage and knocked out power for up to 8,600 customers.

Kentucky Power officials say wind gusts up to 60mph were reported in eastern counties, causing trees to fall on power lines and poles.

They also warned that the possibility of more storms Saturday evening could hamper their crews’ efforts to get the lights back on.

Reportedly the company has 300 workers responding to power outages. 

Kentucky Power officials say most of the remaining customers without power are in Pike and Martin Counties, and they expect to have electricity restored to 95% of customers in those areas by 10:00p.m. Saturday.

They estimate 95% of customers in Ashland, Hazard and Whitesburg areas will have the power back on by 8:00p.m. Saturday.

About 2,600 customers in eastern Kentucky still are without power as of Saturday afternoon, more than 400 of those customers are located in Martin County.

To see the latest power outage maps: click here.