More than 10,000 in E. Kentucky still without power after weekend snow

kward1@herald-leader.comFebruary 21, 2012 

The number of Eastern Kentuckians without power continued to shrink Tuesday, as Kentucky Power worked to resolve the outages.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 10,700 Kentucky Power customers did not have electricity, down from a peak of about 34,000 who had been left in the dark Monday afternoon.

A weekend snow storm dumped six to eight inches on parts of southeastern Kentucky, causing downed power lines and fallen tree limbs.

Hardest hit were Leslie, Knott, Perry and Letcher counties. On Tuesday night, 47 percent of Kentucky Power's customers in Leslie County remained without power, 25 percent in Knott, 19 percent in Perry and 12 percent in Letcher.

Much smaller percentages of customers in Breathitt, Pike and Floyd counties remained without electricity.

Kentucky Power said on its Web site that it expects that most customers in the Hazard service area will have their power restored by Friday evening, most of those in the Pikeville service area will have theirs back by Wednesday evening and most of those in the Whitesburg service area to have power by midnight Thursday.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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