UPDATE: Numbers down to 4,000 without power, estimates given
ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The number of Kentucky Power customers without electricity in eastern Kentucky continues to go down by the hour and was at about 4,000 as of 9 p.m. Friday, according to the utility company.
Last Sunday night and early Monday, more than 62,000 Kentucky Power customers lost power due to damaging winds.
More than 1,500 company and business partners continue to work to restore power, including repair crews from Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Ohio.
The remaining customers are in Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry and Pike counties.
In many of these remaining cases, the damage is very extensive and inaccessible by vehicles. Crews are walking and carrying in equipment and using bulldozers to clear roads.
Kentucky Power Friday afternoon de-energized both the Stinnett-Redbird and Stinnett-Wendover circuits after a slide brought a large poplar tree into contact with electrical lines. The circuits were de-energized to allow the tree to be safely removed.
Wind gusts also spurred a new outage at Peach Orchard Drive in Pikeville after damage from Sunday had been recently repaired.
The following restoration times are approximate. If customers do not see their community listed, call 1-800-572-1113 for an update, visit the website KentuckyPower.com/outages or visit us on Facebook.
Yonts Fort, Grassy-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Thornton-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Defeated Creek Line Fork-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Blackey, Letcher-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Carcasonne-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Burdine–Saturday, April 18, 6pm
Ligon, High Hat, Halo-Saturday, April 18, 6pm
Price-Saturday, April 18, 6pm
Teaberry-Sunday, April 19, 9pm
Shop Fork, Wheelwright-Sunday, April 19, 5pm
Wayland, Friday, April 17, 10pm
Shelbiana-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Marrowbone, Elkhorn City-Sunday, April 19, 8pm
Willow St, Poplar St, Main St, Pikeville-Sunday, April 19, 12 noon
Peach Orchard, Pikeville-Sunday, April 19, midnight (Felled tree today destroyed much of previous restoration work)
Hwy 550, Hindman-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Hwy 550, Garner-Saturday, April 18, 12 noon
Possum Trot, Leburn-Saturday, April 18, 12 noon
Big Smith Br-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Branhams Creek-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Pippa Passes-Friday, April 17, midnight
Wind Rock Ln, Hazard-Saturday, April 18, 6pm
Darfork-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Big Willard-Saturday, April 18, midnight
Dogwood Ln, Hazard-Saturday, April 18, 10pm
Darb Fk, Lotts Creek-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Gregory Br, Hazard-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Bird Rock, Dykes Br-Friday, April 17, 8pm
Rome Napier Br, Roseanne White Hollow-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Vicco, Jeff-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Maces Crk, Viper–Sunday, April 19, midnight
Railroad St, Jackson-Sunday, April 19, midnight (this outage occurred today)
Bull Creek, Thousand Sticks-Friday, April 17, 8pm
Rockhouse, Hals Fork-Sunday, April 19, midnight
River Road, Hyden-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Bull Creek, Hyden-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Wooton Creek-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Wolf Cr, Big Br, Cinda-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Hwy 80 at Wooton-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Roark, Essie-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Middle Fork Rd, Warbranch-Sunday, April 19, midnight
Muncy Creek, Stinnett-Sunday, April 19, midnight
It is anticipated that 95 percent of customers should have power restored by late Sunday, April 19.
Customers can report outages and check the latest restoration information for their account anytime at kentuckypower.com/outages or by downloading the Kentucky Power mobile app at kentuckypower.com/app. The outage map is updated every 15 minutes. Restoration information is added when known. Click on “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 Operations Center at 1-800-572-1113.
Customers may also get specific information about outages 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 and on Twitter at twitter.com/KentuckyPower or @KentuckyPower.
For everyone’s health and safety with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, please do not approach power company personnel in the field. It is important to maintain physical distancing, remaining at least six feet away. Stopping crews who are working in your area also slows down progress.
High winds can cause fallen trees and downed power lines. Kentucky Power warns customers to be aware of broken limbs and branches and to stay away from all downed lines. Never touch downed power lines no matter how harmless they look. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line.
All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. Also, never touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and pets away from this potential hazard. Call Kentucky Power at 1-800-572-1113 to report hazards.
Customers are reminded that during storm restoration situations, Kentucky Power tree crews clear rights of way of trees and move on to the next location. Kentucky Power does not return to remove the cut trees. Property owners are responsible for removal. Kentucky Power asks for your patience and understanding during the restoration process.
*Note: The photo the accompanies this story is courtesy of Kentucky Power