Kentucky Declared Federal Disaster Area

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - More than a million people stranded in
darkness Thursday in the wake of an icy winter storm could face a
lengthy wait for electricity to course through their frosty homes,
even as federal help was promised to two states hit hardest by the

Late Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed requests from
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe for
federal emergency declarations. Crews - even the National Guard in
Kentucky - worked around the clock to resurrect power lines downed
by thick ice in both states. Officials in states from Oklahoma to
West Virginia fought to do the same.

Utility officials estimated 1.33 million homes and businesses
across a wide swath of states were powerless early Thursday, and
warned it could be mid-February before some customers had power.
The storm has been blamed for at least 23 deaths so far.

Many flocked to shelters, while others huddled next to
wood-burning fires and portable heaters to fend off the frigid
night air. Some who stayed put relied on gas stoves to cook food.
Meanwhile, emergency officials feared the crisis could escalate as
temperatures plunged.

"I'm so worried that we're going to have a death due to
hypothermia or carbon monoxide," said John Robinson, the severe
weather coordinator for the National Weather Service at North
Little Rock, Ark. Space heaters, if improperly used, can generate
dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Other communities urged people to conserve water because the
outages could limit supplies.

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

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  • by Hillbilly with brains Location: Eastern Ky on Dec 21, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    to whom this concerns: if you can't spell or use halfway decent grammer don't post anything. Also youre political comments are ridiculous. The economic crisis we are in was created by the last administration and ourselves. It will take years to get the economy back on track. Half of the people in my community draw disability yet most are capable of working. Those of us who work pay taxes so they can sit around and write stupid comments on this forum. As far as Gitmo, torture is torture and should we allow it? Read youre bible people. Do yo think God approves? Just some things to think about. when I read some of these comments I don't know whether to laugh or get angry.
  • by Jay Location: KY on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Hey Fred,(regarding the post from "Ice Grips KY): I guess we need to extend some pity for the stupidity of some folks and hope against hope that God would grant them the ability to censor the ignorance that comes out of their mouths.
  • by john Location: ky on Feb 2, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    you can be a democrat or a republican,but there is one thing to keep in mind.neither party gives a [edited] about you.just your vote
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    Thought I would share this with you from the Ice Grips Kentucky post: "Posted by: A Location: L on Jan 27, 2009 at 09:17 PM @Fred if you dont have power and cant suppply your own heat there are emergency shelters already up. Its not like people are drowning inside their own homes you know. Look at the roads outside they are in great shape. But I guess hillbillys like yourself think we need the national guard just because of a little ice storm. Try living in michigan sometime they will laugh in your face with their 8months of hard winter." Looks Like more hillbillys than me think its appropriate. :)
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    To Confused: My friend, you don't seem very confused at all. You appear to have hit the nail on the head!
  • by Mark Location: Danville on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    Beth, how did the 911 attackers get out of the planes???
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Money is more important than any thing. Look at my SUV.
  • by Sarah Location: Mt. Sterling on Jan 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Beth, you need to lose the hate and start watching something besides Fox news. There are many people who believe Gitmo should be closed including retired military. It has nothing to do with being sympathetic towards terrorists and everything to do with renewing the U.S.'s name and reputation throughout the world. That being said, what a shame that anyone would politicize this disaster.
  • by James Location: Magoffin County on Jan 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    Awesome! We still know the power of His Mighty Hand and Whom It Is that's still in Charge!
  • by to beth Location: pikeville on Jan 31, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Beth i voted for Obama and Proud of it!


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