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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, Kentucky Power said in a news release.

About 5,000 of those customers had power restored by around 5:30 p.m. on Christmas.

Kentucky Power had more than 215 personnel and business partners working to get power restored as quickly as possible, according to the release. An additional 90 line workers from sister companies assisted in the hardest hit areas.

The snow was wet and heavier than predicted, leading to many of the outages, the release said.

Many of the outages were in the Hazard area, with 5,000 customers without electricity in Perry, Leslie, Knott, Letcher and Breathitt counties.

Outages also occurred in Pike, Johnson, Floyd, Carter and Lawrence counties, according to Kentucky Power.

Road conditions made it difficult for response teams to get to some of the downed lines, the release said.

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