GREENUP COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – UPDATE: After new outages late last night, Kentucky Power reported an additional 970 customers without power this morning. More than 20,000 Kentucky customers in Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence, Letcher, Lewis, Knott, Perry, Pike and Rowan Counties are still without power. The majority of the remaining outages (8,850) are located in Boyd County.
Many customers will get their power restored over the next day or so, with near-complete restoration (around 95%) expected to be achieved by Monday evening.
Greenup County Judge-Executive Robert W. Carpenter has declared a state of emergency for the county due to inclimate weather.
He says the current winter storm has caused significant damage to trees and electrical infrastructure, as well as causing dangerous travel conditions due to ice, snow and arctic temperatures.
Carpenter also closed the Greenup County Courthouse today with normal hours resuming Monday Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.
“… local government has the responsibility to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and to mitigate the effects of such events… ” Carpenter said in the declaration.
The local state of emergency states the county’s local Emergency Operations Plan is to be fully executed, and the Greenup County Emergency Management Director will work with city and county emergency responders as well as local government agencies to provide assistance where needed.
Greenup County’s announcement comes after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency for the entire Bluegrass State earlier this morning.
According to Kentucky Power, ice up to half an inch thick in Greenup County caused widespread tree damage. In the southern part of the county, an entire area’s worth of trees were taken out and split by the heavy snow and ice that took place earlier today.
The weather made driving tough for motorists, and one trucker told StormTracker 13 Meteorologist Joe Fitzwater his advice for fellow drivers.
“Today, maybe just stay in and have some coffee and hot chocolate, would be a good idea,” Brian Johnson, a truck driver from Ashland, Kentucky said.