PSC: 2nd Largest Power Outage In State History

Here's some discouraging news for those without power across the state.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission expects it could take several days before power is restored because the outages are so massive.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 473,000 customers were in the dark statewide. That number did not include rural electric cooperatives within the TVA or any municipal utilities.

That makes this the second largest outage in state history. It is second only to September of 2008 when the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept across the state. That incident left 600,000 people in the dark.

Power restoration could take into next week, according to the PSC.

The PSC is encouraging customers to check electric connections and meters for damage because they can pose a fire risk once power is restored.

The PSC also reminds people not to remove branches that have fallen across power lines. Call your utility company to deal with that problem.


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  • by Steve Location: Eastern, KY on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    Global Warning! I guess liberals think everyone falls for the snake oil they try to sell.
  • by R. Location: Smith on Jan 29, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    I would like to respond to the last line of this posting - call your utility company to deal with downed power lines - Well I've been calling for 2 1/2 days now about a power line that is keeping us and our farm tenants from being able to reach their home ( to get anything like clothes, medicines, etc. - since we are on day 2 in a hotel) and KU has had NO RESPONSE - we can't even speak with an actual human who can tell us even the status of the repair. Lucky for us the police came out and put up caution tape! We feel much safer now.
  • by Nathan Location: Frankfort on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    > 2003 hasn't been that long ago. It feels like it, but it is not, how the mighty have fallen. > Mike from Versailles, I sorry about your area, you have it the worst than 2003 and the people that are left in the dark in other counties.
  • by mike Location: versailles on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    Everyone should check around their home, all you have to look at is the wires leading to your mast head, the pipe that your wires go into, if it is loose from your home, or damaged in any way, you should notify an electrical service to determine the severity of the damage, other than that, just leave it alone, dont ever try it yourself
  • by Erin C Location: Lexington on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    I think it's sad KU and Lexington didn't realize their mistake from '03 and didnt put in plans to start putting lines underground; instead we spend thousands on guard rails and lights on New Circle.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Do we really need untrained people playing with electrical connections? Tell you what. I'll leave that to the professionals. I'm no electrician.
  • by Bobby Location: Hazard on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    If the tree cutting company would do there job a lot of this could be prevented You see them sitting on the side of the road looking at the trees but they never do any thing. The power company is to blame too they could do more to prevent outages. They are all too quick to cut someones power off if they are one day late on a payment but you never see them our inspecting the lines, checking the poles or lookintg to see if there are trees growing in the lines. If they would get off there butts and do some thing we would have power!!!.. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Benjamin Franklin
  • by Margaret Location: Richmond on Jan 28, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    When we check the meter & electrical connections, what are we looking for & what do we do if we find it?

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