Kentucky officials declare state of emergency


FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by Jim Gray, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Michael Dossett, executive director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management to give an update on weather conditions in the Bluegrass State this morning, Thursday, Feb. 11.

State officials urged Kentuckians to stay off the roads as the governor issued a State of Emergency to direct the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Department of Military Affairs to execute the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan, coordinating the response to the storm across state agencies and private relief groups.

Dossett said as of about 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, KYEM said they were aware of about 70,500 Kentucky customers with power outages.

Gray says there have been reports of multiple crashes and intermittent closures on interstates, parkways and major routes across since Wednesday night and into the morning hours due to icy roads, and downed trees and power lines. Transportation crews treated the roads throughout the night, amid widespread reports of downed trees and limbs.

“Our crews worked overnight and are out in full force treating and plowing to maintain mobility along critical routes,” said Gray. “The damaging effects of fallen debris and frigid temperatures create additional challenges and delays. It’s going to take days to recover from this event. We plead for the patience of the public and ask for their help by staying off the roads if possible.”

Yesterday, Beshear announced the state’s Kroger vaccine clinics scheduled for today, Feb. 11 would be rescheduled for next Thursday at the same time of the original appointment. Beshear also closed state offices at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to get workers home before the storm hit at rush hour. Early this morning, the governor’s office announced that closure is continued through today.

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