Strong winds leave thousands without power in Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky Power reported thousands of power outages after strong winds hit Eastern Kentucky Nov. 27, 2019.

(WYMT) - Numerous power outages left thousands in the dark Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Kentucky Power responded to about 7,000 outages. By early Thursday morning, there are less than 375 outages.

Big Sandy RECC's outage map also reported that no people in the region were without power as of Tuesday morning.

Strong winds have been reported in the area, causing damage that is affecting power lines. Counties affected include Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Perry and Pike.

Click here to see the Kentucky Power outage map.

Click here to see the Big Sandy RECC outage map.

Utility crews will work late into the night to restore power to as many customers as possible.

"Our crews are working as quickly as it is safe to do so in the windy conditions to restore power. We know Thanksgiving is an important family time and we will do our best to make sure our customers have electricity," said a spokesperson for Kentucky Power.

"High wind damage, most of the leaves is off the trees, it did rain some, less than an inch so the ground wasn't saturated too bad," added Greg Sparkman, the District Manager with AEP's Hazard District.

He warns that if you come across downed poles, to be sure to keep your distance.

"Make sure you know if you're driving and you see wires down do not move any wires and stay away from them until we get there to remove them, make it safe," he added.



 
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