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Shoppers prepare to stay home for days as ice storm hits Kentucky

Posted at 11:46 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 23:50:19-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thomas Jarber remembers the ice storm of the not-so-distant past that brought much of Kentucky to a standstill in 2009. This time, he said, he'll be prepared.

Wednesday evening, he was out to stock up on food and other necessities to prepare to stay home for days if needed.

"Just trying to get some canned goods stuff like that, rice and things. Just in case we're shut in, we have everything that we need," Jarber said.

While meteorologists predict the storm will not have as great an impact as the ice storm of 2009, Kentucky leaders, including the governor, have asked people to avoid travel on Thursday.

That's what Johnathan Samuel said he plans to do as he was out to pick up some veggies Wednesday evening.

"I'm probably going to stay in most of the day tomorrow unless I have to, unless it's an emergency," Samuel said.

The storm is a concern for business owners, like JP Gibson, owner of the Brown Barrel Restaurant in Midway.

"This couldn't come at a worse time for mother nature to strike," he said.

The Valentine's Day holiday is an important one for his business.

"This could be catastrophic in the restaurant industry because we depend on that little surplus of business that we usually get during the Valetine's time," Gibson said.

He's hopeful the storm won't have quite the impact of previous years.

As for preparations, Jarber had some advice.

"Stock up, stay in and stay safe," he said.