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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  • by Lynne Location: Home on Jan 31, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    I am originally from Wisconsin - this is very similar to their cold,icy winters. No matter how we as a state prepare for it, still won't be enough. Until you live up there, you don't realize what it actually takes to be prepared so there are no delays, closings etc. Each individual needs to be learn how to be prepared for themselves in emergencies such as this and don't depend on our local government. Also, the comment about KY not supporting Obama in the election - Has nothing to do with a true emergency such as this one in KY. That kind of thought or statement just keeps the negativity rolling. KY voted for who they thought would best lead our Country not who would give us emergency aid. I find that hard to believe a president elect would hold that against an area. Everyone please be patient and help one another out - that is how we all will get thru this winter storm
  • by Snowed In Location: S E KY on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Why is it an emergency for the Governor that your step dad did not plan in advance for inclement weather. He should have sufficient Oxygen and other medications for at least 3 days year round, whether the threat is from Snow in the winter or Tornado in the summer. Government services do not releive us of personal responsibility. By declaring a state of emergency, it makes it easier for additional resources to be used from across the state and from the federal government.
  • by Hillbilly Location: knott co on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    Carl, have you ever been to the mountains of E, Ky and gone over some of the roads that our busses have to travel? No one works most of these roads and they clear up when it gets warm enough to melt!! Until you do, keep your opinions and your superiority to yourself!! Remember, you have always lived in flat land...not mountains!!
  • by A Location: L on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    @Carl Location: Bowling Green Lived in ky all my life but visited most the countrys east coast. Glad some one else knows what real blizzards and snow looks like. My family form up north makes fun of how ky runs its icetrucks and how people panic as soon as the road gets wet. We cant even have a light rain here without ambulances and cops going crazy to gte to all the accidents. WHat do you expect people to do when they are stuck in there house as opposed to a moving car? They come here and cry about no body doing anything to help them. Yet those that are used to mild weather like ourselves just go outside and start removing tree limbs from the yard and buildings. You know actually doing something to improve the situation :0)
  • by Jay Location: KY on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    I know in Floyd County they delay until the last minute. Once we had our kids actually getting on the bus when they called it off and it was pouring the snow at the time! Still haven't heard anything about tomorrow. If all this wet freezes tonight it is going to be bad in the morning. I am sure other parts of the county are worse than we are. The kids have missed something like 2 1/2 weeks already total and we are still in January. Hopefully someone, somewhere will realize they don't need a "spring break" and will use it to help this kids make up these days. I heard that they can't make them go past a certain day in June. Is this true? Does anyone know?
  • by Jim Location: Harlan on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Let's get this straight here we have a Governor asking for federal aid from a president that the voters of KY didn't even support---------I hope Obama gives KY residents what they gave him--nothing.
  • by Darlene Location: Georgetown on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    I guess it's o.k. to declare a state of emergency. But shouldn't our government be prepared for this? What about having an emergency list of phone numbers for each county in Ky? Does our elected Governor have one? Is there an emergency hotline for sick people to call and get help? Come on Beshear you wanted it. You got it. Now what you gonna do with it? I have been trying to find help for my step-dad who depends on oxygen and breathing treatments. Is there not an emergency for people who depend on electricity for their very lives. Ky needs an overhaul. Not a state of panic. When I call for help I don't want a recording that says "We are aware that the Governor has declared Ky a State of Emergency". I want to hear a voice on the line trying to come up with a solution. Beshear distribute the Ky people a list of emergency numbers for each county. Show us someone does know what the [edited] is going on.
  • by Carl Location: Bowling Green on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Im from Indiana, moved here in 07, and will remain here till i die. I love bowling green, but this is a light dusting according to what im used to, im from Indianapolis, and the only thing that puts a halt to anything is 8 or more inches of snow, This place closes if there is an inch or less. No disrespect intended, im just used to more, thats all
  • by Resident Location: Knott County on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:20 PM
    Seems the Knott County Board of Education is [edited] bent on having school no matter how bad the weather. Yesterday on SNO*GO they had a two hour delay. Then at around seven o'clock in the morning they cancelled school but didn't take the two hour delay off TV. Children were waiting beside the road and no buses showed up. Voters with children need to wake up and look what's happening in Knott County when the roads are bad and they still run school buses. There has already been one wreck with injuries, how many more before you wake up voters. Tonight the rain is freezing and still no word if we are having school tomorrow. What idiot makes these decisions in Knott County, time to hire a moron maybe he or she can make better decisions ahead of time so everyone will know what to do. (Parents, use the default decision. When you don't know what they are going to do, keep your children safe at home)
  • by READER on Jan 27, 2009 at 06:40 PM
    My goodness I wonder which aid had to tell him to do this?? I am sure he did not come up with this on his own. Sorry I voted for him. He has did nothing but make things worse here in KY


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