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Power restored after hundreds in Pulaski County wake up with no heat

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - SCIENCE HILL, Ky. (WKYT) - A common saying..you don’t want you’ve got….

Until it’s gone.

“You do take it for granted,” said Jennifer Witt of Science Hill, one of the 700 Kentucky Utilities customers who lost power Friday morning.

The result was the Ky. 1247 family being a much closer bunch.

“We’ve not done much of anything, but we are staying huddled together…aren’t we?” she said, wrapped in blankets snuggling with her two kids, with a kerosene heater brought in by her father-in-law nearby.

Their power went out about 5 a.m. Hours later the mercury struggled to get into the teens and people like the Witts struggled to stay warm.

“It’s about 55 degrees in the house,” she said.

KU spokesman Cliff Feltham says it can be common for transformers to blow fuses in very cold conditions, but it can happen in milder weather as well. The bottom line, they’re not really sure what happened.

But the lights came back on about 11 0’clock. Ending the cold condition fear, as others were starting to mount.

“I just don’t want our water pipes to start busting. I am concerned about that,” said Witt.

KU officials feared a damaged transformer would have to be replaced meaning the outage could have lasted into the night. Folks like the Witts say outages like this are very rare.

“We’ve never been without power this long. I grew up here…lived across the street, never remember going on like this,” she said.

Now they’re just hoping they never have to go through it again.


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