Thousands without power after weekend storms

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Thousands of Eastern Kentuckians are still without power after strong weekend storms.

Power crews are out all over the region trying to restore the lights, and air conditioning, to some Kentucky Power customers who have been without it for days.

Officials say strong storms on Friday caused nearly 64,000 people to lose power. They say nearly 70 percent of those were restored on Sunday when more storms came through and caused them to go right back out.

"It frustrates me," said Randy Slone.

Slone lives in Pike County, the county with the highest number of outages which peaked at around 15 thousand, and his home was not spared.

"We haven't had any power since friday night," said Slone.

He is not alone. By Monday afternoon nearly 9 thousand people in Pike County were still in the dark.

"The biggest problem is frustration on our employees' part. We were getting close to getting restoration from the first storm friday," said Bob Shurtleff with Kentucky Power.

Kentucky Power officials say the excessive number of outages is causing them to prioritize what gets restored first.

"Medical facilities, life facilities first. In many cases those correlate with our bigger outages," said Shurtleff.

But it leaves people like Randy Slone wondering when the lights will come back on.

"You lose everything. You lose food and stuff that you go and purchase. We've been just going out and driving around a little bit and we'll come back and check on it," said Slone.

Officials say they have 400 utility workers from other areas assisting to hopefully get things done soon.

"We've got the resources in so we'll respond as quickly as possible," said Shurtleff.

They say it could be Friday before everyone has power back on.

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