Storms Leave Behind Damage And Power Outages

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say at least another
120,000 customers are without power following fierce winds and
thunderstorms that lashed Kentucky.

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers says reports of possible injuries have come from four counties,
with possible tornadoes in four counties Wednesday.

Rogers says trees and power lines are down blocking roadways and
that Knox and Whitley counties have declared states of emergency.

Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych
(mel-nik-oh'-vich) says the new outage figures don't include
Tennessee Valley Authority cooperatives or municipalities.

Rogers says possible injury reports have come from Trimble,
Johnson, Hopkins and Whitley counties, and possible tornado reports
from Breathitt, Garrard, Knox and Whitley counties.

An additional 30,152 homes and businesses across the state
remain without power from an ice storm that hit Kentucky two weeks
ago.

Police say an executive order issued by the mayor of Williamsburg set a curfew for 9pm to keep people at home.

Police say some houses were damaged and the storm knocked down numerous trees and power lines.

The roof of the psychology building at the University of the Cumberlands was torn off and landed on a car.

No injuries were reported.

All schools in Whitely County are closed Thursday because of power outages.

Johnson County Emergency Management Officials report homes destroyed, numerous trees down, and power outages all across the county, many in the same areas where the recent ice storm hit.

Officials say one of the hardest hit places is Mendota Village, off of Highway 321.

The roofs blew off at least three homes and almost every home and car is damaged.

Luckily, no one was injured in the neighborhood.

The Sheldon Clark High School when the power went out during wrestling practice.

The team continued practicing in the dark, but a girls basketball game was cancelled.

Outside the gym, a power pole was bent over and there was some minor damage on the football field.

To check out even more images from the severe weather check out our iWitness link located just above the video player. You can also submit you own photos or videos there!

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


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  • by carla Location: morehead on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    I NEVER SEEN A FEW INCHES OF SNOW KEEP US WITH OUT POWER IF YOU WANT POWER YOU NEED TO GO TO MC DONALDS...TO FIND POWER THATS WHERE YOU FIND ALL THE EMPLOYEES WHILE THE CHILDREN ARE FREEZING.. I IKNOW BECAUSE I USED TO BE ONE OF THOSE EMPOLYEES .. OUTAGE TOOK A DAY AND A HALF TO GET FIXED WHILE THE KIDS WERE ALL FREEZING IF THE CREW WAS A FULL HARD WORKING CREW NOBODY WOULD BE WITH OUT POWER WE ARE SPEAKING OF GRAYSON RURAL ELECTRIC IN KY....
  • by Conrad Location: Lexington on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    I think if the power company would actually do maintenance again, like they use to, there would be a huge decrease in the number of outages. They don't clear the lines, they wait and let the trees fall and the poles go down, then petition the state for an increase in the approved charges so they can recoup the "additional expense". The likelihood of such widespread power outages would be greatly decreased if the CEO's would realize that maintenance work is to be performed and deducted from the profits before they get their bonuses.
  • by jrrd Location: corbin on Feb 17, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    I think that approaching the government to have all electric lines be inground would solve most of the power problems in our state. I realize that there would be some cost to do this project, but I think most people would be willing to help with this project to avoid another situation like we have just had.
  • by anonymous Location: hazard on Feb 13, 2009 at 03:17 AM
    if people would stop interfering with power company employees by stopping them, following them to bathroom stops and let them access the trouble, the poles and lines would go up a lot faster, everytime you stop one of their employees...You delay yourself and your neighbors getting their power on. Go home. wait til you see your lights come on. The people accessing the problem cannot do their jobs for the public wanting to know "how long". Park your cars. stay clear of Power company people who are working long hours away from home. OH YEAH. if you want to blame someone for the weather and your situation...Hit your knees and pray. Only God can control the weather.
  • by vickie Location: buckhorn on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    where is the light!!! restore our power !!!food going bad kids going nuts, and im sick!!
  • by Jay Location: KY on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    For Prayers from out of state: I am sorry for your friend dying to help people here, but your bitterness is misplaced. There are people that live here that depend on electricity to live! They are on oxygen or dialysis or they are elderly and can't go without the heat. I have two members of my extended family that are on oxygen and are bedridden. So, you need to think before you jump EVERYONE about depending on electricity.
  • by Christy Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    It's really easy for "Prayers" to comment about people doing without power, when, I assume he has power himself; else he would not be able to blog from his computer. I do appreciate all the work being done to restore our power, but he shouldn't expect people to live by coal and candle light unless he's willing to do the same himself. Some of us have children, and if you haven't noticed, cold weather is returning. Besides, "prayers" is probably a recipient of low income home energy assistance program. He says to get over ourselves. HE SHOULD BE THE ONE TO GET OVER HIMSELF.
  • by ts Location: prestonsburg on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    for those of you complaining about recc being to slow about getting your POWER back on i would like to say that the workers are doing the best that they can their jobs are very dangerous working in the middle of the night in electric lines.i know because my husband works 16-18 hours a day on storm trouble for recc
  • by jamar Location: hil on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Locat a tornado
  • by Casey Location: Inez on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Damage from the storm was pretty bad over here in Inez. I was in the SCHS gym with the rest of my friends when we heard the howling winds rip thought that area. The storm lasted about 15 minutes. Looking at the damage, the school roof was in pieces around the school. A power poll was snapped like a twig. And the small ticket booth by the football field was completely destroyed.
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