Storm Trackers Call It Worst In Years

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Bad weather means overtime for road crews and emergency responders, but there are some other people doing very important work Tuesday night.

Ice is blanketing most of Eastern Kentucky.

"This was a big storm. It's probably the biggest one we've had in at least several years," said Gary Votaw with the National Weather Service.

It's something his office in Jackson is watching. The staff is holding conference calls to keep school and emergency management officials up to date.

"We've been able to put out the word in the last few days that this storm is coming and we're going to be getting a lot of ice," added Votaw.

And that ice is weighing on power lines and toppling trees.

"Especially we're concerned about the trees falling onto power lines. We're starting to get a few reports now that people are losing power and that's probably why," said Votaw.

Mary Begley says Kentucky Power braced for that very issue.

Dispatchers are manning the phones in Hazard and getting crews to the outages soon after the calls come in.

"There is a computer system in their vehicle and they'll be able to see that order in their truck in just a few minutes," said Begley.

She says if you see a downed line, let crews handle the situation.

"If they see a downed line, presume it is an electrical line that is energized. Don't go near it, report it our customer solutions center and we'll be right out to check it," added Begley.

Officials also urge you to keep flashlights, batteries and other supplies on hand as the worst may be yet to come.

Kentucky Power says at the height of Tuesday's storm more than 2,000 customers where without service. As of Tuesday evening that number is down to about 200 customers.

You can visit for the latest outage information and tips to stay safe during winter storms.

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