The cooldown is coming.
Kentucky Power workers continued to work around the clock to restore power to areas in northeastern Kentucky.
There were around 8,500 customers combined in Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence counties still without power. That includes slightly more than 3,000 in Boyd County, according to statistics released by AEP Tuesday morning.
With sweltering weather conditions, residents have done whatever they could to beat the heat.
Some have found relief at the cooling stations and shelters that remain open while others have bunked with friends and family until power can be restored.
“We’ve got about 10 percent left without power,” said Brent Webster, the director of Emergency Management in Boyd County. “Everything seems to be going well. The power company is doing as much as they can as quickly as they can.”
Webster said the cooling stations have been closed, but those needing assistance can call.
AEP workers have had to battle the elements, too, as they cut back limbs and restore broken lines.
Company officials have said it could be as late as Friday before everyone in northeastern Kentucky has power restored.
During the evening hours of Friday, winds in excess of 70 mph combined with heavy rain caused outages to more than 63,800 Kentucky Power customers.
The storm caused extensive damage to power company lines, poles, cross arms and other electrical equipment. Kentucky Power restoration crews began work immediately, assessing damage and making repairs to circuits affected by the storm.
By Sunday evening, approximately 70 percent of those customers were restored to service when additional severe weather struck the area, leading to more than 25,000 additional outage cases.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2648.
The cooldown is coming.
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