Tue January 27, 2009
Western Kentucky Braces for Winter Weather
By Carrie Pond
Murray, KY – Western Kentucky officials are recovering from last night's severe weather and bracing for another round of ice and snow tonight. West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation released numbers that show more than 25 thousand customers in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves and Marshall Counties are without power. Patrick Kerr of the Pennyrile Electric Cooperative says upwards of ten thousand customers are experiencing outages, and there's no word on when power will be restored. Hopkins County and the city of Madisonville are under a state of emergency as more than 13 thousand residents remain without power. Officials stress the importance of staying indoors. Children should not be outside playing, because of the immense stress the ice putting on trees and power lines in the area. National Weather Service officials believe the second round of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be just as bad -if not worse- overnight. By tomorrow afternoon some portions of the region could see up to two inches of ice accumulation.