Thursday evening’s severe storms left thousands in southeastern Kentucky without electricity, and crews were still working Friday to restore power to several hundred remaining customers.
According to Joy Bullock, with South Kentucky RECC, said that on Thursday evening approximately 7,000 people were without power as a result of the storm that swept through the state beginning at around 11 p.m. Thursday.
That number includes RECC’s entire service area and not just Pulaski County.
SKRECC serves some 50,000 customers (more than 66,000 meters) in the Kentucky counties of Pulaski, Russell, Wayne, Clinton, McCreary, Casey, Lincoln, Adair, Rockcastle, Cumberland and Laurel as well as Pickett and Scott counties in Tennessee.
As of Friday afternoon, approximately 200 customers were still without power across the system in Casey, McCreary, Russell and Pulaski counties.
The outages were caused by the storm’s high winds and frequent lightning, and trees and limbs fell on lines and poles across the SKRECC service area.
The high winds and lightning that accompanied this storm wreaked havoc on power poles and lines and caused trees to fall on the lines.
“The outages were extremely widespread, and we have had crews working from the time they could get out, and they will continue to work until everyone is restored,” said SKRECC Vice President of Engineering Dennis Holt. “We appreciate the patience and kindness our members have shown to us during this outage situation.”
Holt added that if anyone sees a downed line, they should call their local co-op office or 911 with the information.