Ready to Stay Inside If Winter Storm Hits

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The first part of this winter storm brought everything from snow to just plain rain across the state. Governor Beshear declared an emergency after ice brought down trees and power lines leaving tens of thousands in the dark.

In Hazard we have mainly seen rain for most of the day, but people say they do not know what to expect next and are preparing to stay indoors if the weather is severe.

Highway crews say they can not pre-treat roads in the rain, but are on standby around the clock.

Willie Griffith with the Department of Highways says, "With the trucks here loaded and the guys waiting we should stay ahead of it if it does turn into snow."

Governor Steve Beshear declared a state wide emergency to mobilize resources to help people get through the storm. He says, "The emergency declaration will help us better protect the citizens of Kentucky and assist counties and communities that may need additional resources."

But bad weather means good business for some.

Daniela Wooton works at Reel Video in Hazard and says, "We love it, because satellite's down, cable is down, everything does down, but people have their DVD players and their VHS players, and they come in and rent more movies."

People in Perry County are ready to stay in and stay warm. Managers at Lowe's say heaters, generators, propane tanks are just a few of the things that are sold out. "Salt. Salt is a big seller right now, dry wet melt, anything that can melt ice, we're out of pretty much," says Jody Gregory, manager a Lowe's.

And everyone is talking about the possibility of more wintry weather to come.

"From 6 to 8 inches of snow to ice storms, it's kinda crazy right now, all kinds of rumors," says Gregory.

"The weather doesn't really seem to know what it wants to do here," says Wooton. She says she is ready for whatever happens.

Road crews are on standby in Perry County and officials say they will be monitoring road conditions throughout the night.

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  • by donny Location: letcher co. on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    all i see is ice. hmmm maybe we get snow tonight. if it dont stop raining we going get a flood,been rainning 2 days now..owell
  • by Greta on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    the sky is falling the sky is falling
  • by Jackson Location: hazard on Jan 27, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    every snow-cloud has a silver lining?
  • by Leroon Location: Bulan on Jan 27, 2009 at 09:40 PM
    I know Jody Gregory! He is a great guy!


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