Hundreds get day off after power outage closes tower

Hundreds of state employees who work in a Frankfort office tower got an unexpected day off work Tuesday.

The Capital Plaza Tower, and the Fountain Plaza shops across the street, are closed today because of a power failure, caused by a blown transformer, overnight.

A scheduled Kentucky Board of Education meeting was also postponed because of the outage.

The outage was first reported around 2:30 a.m.

That gave officials time to notify the nearly 900 people who work in the tower that they should not come in to work. We're told they will still be paid for today.

The Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, Educational Workforce Development Cabinet, Energy and Environment Cabinet, and the Public Protection Agency are among the agencies who have offices in the Capital Plaza Tower.

Officials don't believe the outage will impact the public. They say many employees will still be able to do their work from home.

The building does have a generator which provides power to some lights, but it doesn't power the whole building.

Officials expect repairs to the transformer be completed sometime Tuesday afternoon, and the offices in the tower should be able to open Wednesday.

We're told the power outage is also impacting the planning for next week's inauguration for Governor Beshear.

Some of the people planning it work in the Capital Plaza Tower.

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