Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.
Outages have subsided from a peak of 30,000 on Wednesday to about 11,000 on Thursday at 11 a.m. following strong storms with winds up to 68 miles per hour across Kentucky Power’s service territory. The storms left at least 50 broken poles, numerous downed power lines, as well as damaged transmission structures. Some poles will require manual replacement before power will be restored. Many of the affected customers are located in the Pikeville service district.
Moderate temperatures and cloudy skies on Thursday will aid restoration efforts. However, forecasts call for snow overnight with accumulations of about an inch between midnight and 8 a.m. Friday.
Storm Response Efforts
About 200 outside assistance workers have arrived or on their way to assist 240 Kentucky Power employees and contractors with assessments and repairs. Outside assistance is coming from western Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee. Due to the magnitude of the storm, Kentucky Power is still assessing damages and will provide estimated restoration times on Thursday.
As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, about 11,000 customers were without power.
A snapshot view of current outages affecting five customers or more is available anytime at kentuckypower.com/outages. The outage map is updated every 15 minutes. Restoration information is added when known. Click “View Outage Map” to access the map on a computer, cell phone, or tablet. Customers can report outages online, on their mobile device or to our Customer Solutions Center at 1-800-572-1113.
For More Information
This update provides a broad overview of the company’s restoration efforts. Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Kentucky Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit www.kentuckypower.com/alerts. Information also is posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyPower.
Severe weather can cause power lines to snap or poles to come down. Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry an electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury. Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. Even telephone or cable lines can become energized. Instead, call 911 or contact Kentucky Power at 800-572-1113 to report hazards. A common myth is that a power line is insulated like a power cord. What may look like insulation is actually weatherproofing material, which offers no insulation.
Additional safety tips are posted at http://kentuckypower.com/outages/faq/OutageSafetyTips.aspx.