(LEX 18) — Hundreds of thousands of customers are still without power as many people deal with the after-effects of Monday's winter storm.
State officials say as of 12:00 p.m., there are approximately 145,000 Kentucky customers without power, with numerous counties reporting downed trees.
- There are widespread power outages across the Flemingsburg, Jackson, and Pikeville highway districts. Multiple Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) maintenance facilities in Eastern Kentucky are also without power. Arrangements are being made to transport fuel for crew vehicles that have lost access to pumping stations. Power outages have also impacted traffic signals. Treat any dark signals as a four-way stop.
- Clearing downed trees will be a major task today in impacted areas. KYTC crews are being supplemented with state Division of Forestry employees and other support. Kentucky National Guard teams are on standby to clear-cut branches and brush.
- Kentuckians experiencing a downed power line or power outage should contact their local utility company. If possible, use an alternate source of heat but be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills always should be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm [lnks.gd] for more information.
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