Thousands without power following snow in eastern Kentucky

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HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Many across eastern Kentucky woke up to snow covered power lines Thursday morning. As a result, Kentucky Power Supervisor Greg Sparkman tells WYMT thousands of people are without power in Perry, Letcher, Knott and Leslie Counties.

"As the snow starts falling out, the tree limbs will bounce back up into our lines and that is when it will kick our fuses out," said Sparkman.

He adds that crews are working around the clock to restore power as soon as possible.

"We will kind of focus on the bigger outages and work our way down the smaller ones," said Sparkman.

Everything from homes to businesses have gone lights out. Just in Perry County, James River Coal had to send employees like Donnie Begley home early.

"If it knocks our fan out, we have to go home. That means we do not get to work. We cannot make money," said Begley.

He said a snow day is not something he was looking forward to.

"I drive almost an hour to get here and getting knocked off two hours into the shift, you know, it is really costing me money," said Begley.

Begley is not the only one feeling the winter blues. At the radio station WSGS in Hazard, morning show host Scott Napier said heavy snow knocked them off the air.

"Totally at the mercy of AEP and Windstream on these days and of course, the weather. But we are doing our best," said Napier.

Sparkman said due to the large amounts of snow back-up is on the way.

"We have asked for additional resources and they are on the road right now," said Sparkman.

In total, 20 additional crews will be working by Friday morning.

"The main thing is that customers stay away from any down lines or down trees and be patient. We will be out there to check the hazards," said Sparkman.

He expects to have everything restored by Friday at midnight.


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