CEOC to monitor winter storm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center opened today at 3 pm in order to monitor the winter storm.

The storm will cross through Kentucky today through tomorrow afternoon. The freezing rain, ice and snow prompted the center to use Level III staffing which includes state and private sector partners and other officials.

National Weather Service officials have predicted significant accumulations as well as strong winds and gusts up to 20-30 mph. Ice and wind gusts may have the ability to knock out power lines and could also take down tree limbs. Widespread power outages are expected.

If you lose power, the CEOC warns that you should not use unapproved alternate heating sources inside your home.

Officials strongly encourage people who do not immediately need to travel, to stay home. They also add that if you must get out in the winter storm, ensure your vehicle is full of gas and packed with an emergency kit including extra blankets and nonperishable food items.

For additional weather preparedness information, visit . Call 511 or check for road conditions if you must travel.

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