Governor Beshear Declares Emergency As Storm Hits Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a
statewide emergency as a powerful winter storm barrels through
Kentucky. The storm has produced a thick layer of snow and ice that
has closed schools, made travel hazardous and cut power to
thousands of people.

The emergency declaration issued Tuesday allows state resources
to assist cities and counties in coping with power outages and
other damage caused by ice and snow.

The governor's office says some 60,000 Kentuckians are without
power, mostly in western Kentucky.

Road crews are working around the clock trying to keep main
highways passable.

Much of Kentucky is bracing for a second wallop of wintry
weather later Tuesday.

Forecasters say the Louisville area could get another 2 to 4
inches of snow and more ice overnight. Forecaster Andrea Lammers
says the second round could paralyze the Louisville area.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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