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Governor Beshear reports 530 new cases, 13 deaths; says vaccinations open for 1C on March 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s COVID-19 numbers continued to move in the right direction and it was announced that those in priority group 1C will be able to start getting vaccinated in March. 
“We’re reporting just 530 new cases of COVID-19,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a Monday press briefing. “That is the lowest number since October 5.” 
No counties had more than 100 cases...

Eastern Kentucky still feeling impact of wicked winter storm, some could go another week without power

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Nearly 20,000 Kentucky Power customers in Eastern Kentucky are still without electricity and it could be another week or longer before some of them have their power restored, the company said Saturday morning. At the peak, 59,204 customers were out of power after the second ice storm in a week and now with more than 68% restored, approximately 19,500 customers remain...

Governor updates Kentuckians on winter weather as state prepares for third storm in eight days

Gov. Andy Beshear said road crews are continuing to work around the clock to clear roads as the state prepares for its third winter storm in eight days, expected to start this evening. “We have now made it through two winter storms, with a third on the way. I’m happy to be able to say we had a relatively quiet night, but let me stress that – even with a bit of a break in the weather – it’s...

White Christmas leads to 8,000 without power across Eastern KY, road conditions slowed response teams

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Many residents of eastern Kentucky not only had a White Christmas but one without power. Photo by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today 
Snow and gusty winds swept through the state Thursday and left about 8,000 without power in areas of eastern Kentucky. The storm brought anywhere from four to eight inches of blowing snow and took out utility lines, causing nearly 160 outages,...

LG&E, KY Utilities, KY Power, Duke Energy crews head south to help with hurricane power outages

(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday) Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities and Kentucky Power are on their way to Florida to help with any outages that may result from Hurricane Dorian. The storm is headed to the southeast coast and residents are bracing for the worst. The crews from Kentucky will help with expected power outages wherever the storm makes landfall. The...

Public Service Commission approves agreement allowing rapid response to outages, emergencies

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved an agreement that will allow participating electric utilities to respond more rapidly to power outages and other emergencies by giving them greater flexibility to transfer equipment to each other. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC agreed to pre-approve emergency transfers of large electric transmission system transformers with a value of...

State Public Service Commission advises using caution if electrical power lost during storm

In anticipation of possible electric outages during a coming winter storm, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is urging residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris. A major storm is expected to bring heavy snow across much of Kentucky, with significant ice accumulations also possible in the southern part of the state. The wintry precipitation,...