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Many still without power after super storm

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Many people across the region are still recovering from the super storm. Power outages seem to be the main concern.

Pike County was one of the hardest hit, and several people were still in the dark Wednesday.

Much of the snow in Pike County is gone, but many are still in disbelief at the idea of Halloween snow.

"Just how quick it came. I mean it was 80 degrees last week, and now there's snow," said John Wright in Dorton.

Wednesday morning several thousand Kentucky Power customers were reminded of the super storm's wrath as they woke up still without power.

"It's really surprising. I think this is the earliest I've seen snow," said Wright.

Crews were out all over the Pike County working to clear the lines and get the power back on.

Officials say one of the problems is that winds were not as strong as predicted, causing that heavy wet snow to just sit on power lines and tree limbs.

Kentucky Power officials say they never expected as many outages as they got. More than 12,000 of their customers were in the dark by Tuesday afternoon, almost half of those in Pike County. They, like many, thought the snow would only be in the highest elevations above 2,000 feet.

"Most of the areas that we've got here are in the 700-900 foot range, the towns and communities, and that's where most of our infrastructure is, but we saw that come down like I said into the 1000 foot range, 1200 foot range," said Bob Shurtleff with Kentucky Power.

They expect to have power restored to all those affected by the end of the week and to all those in Pike County by Thursday.

Efforts also continued Wednesday in Letcher County and Knott County to restore power.

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