Hundreds in Laurel Co. still without power from Tuesday storms

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KEAVY, Ky. (WKYT) - The storm Tuesday knocked out power to almost 3,000 customers in the Jackson Energy area, 1,200 of those were in the southern part of Laurel County.

When the storm hit Tuesday Sharlene Mitchell of Keavy knew it was serious.

"All the trees started laying down and we heard them crack and pop," she said.

A lot of that breakage resulted in power lines coming down. Her family and hundreds of others lost power....many of whom were still without Thursday afternoon.

"Yesterday they said if they had it turned on it would be by 6, but if not, the crews were tired and would have to rest until today. And so hopefully it's today. But we have heard it may be Monday....yeah, I hope they are wrong," she said.

When the outage's duration of hours turned into days, they broke down and bought a generator, with extension cords running through their house powering various appliances.

"That's hundreds (of dollars) in your refrigerator. I didn't want to replace all of it," she said.

Another woman near Corbin said the power was translating to a large financial loss as her family had to throw out $150 worth of meat from their freezer.

A spokesperson for Jackson Energy said 400 of the 1,200 had power restored by late Thursday morning. They estimated that nearly everyone would have power back by Thursday night, but that a few households may still be without going into Friday.

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