Falling trees knock out power to thousands

As predicted, a heavy band of freezing rain that swept through the Appalachian region on Monday has now left thousands in the dark, as power lines have been knocked down by trees succumbing to the weight of accumulating ice.

As of 7:30 p.m., Kentucky Power had seen outages more than double over a two-hour span, to more than 21,000, including more than half of the company’s customers in Magoffin County, which had previously been largely untouched by the outages, and nearly have of Lawrence County. They include 3,600 customers in Lawrence County, 2,200 in Leslie County, 1,800 in Magoffin County, 1,300 in Pike County, 1,100 in Perry County, 1,000 in Breathitt County, 900 in Knott County, 800 in Floyd County, 400 in Johnson County, 250 in Martin County, and 100 in Letcher County.

Outages have exploded in Big Sandy RECC’s service area, from around 500 at 6 p.m. to more than 4,000 at 8 p.m. They include more than 3,200 customers in Johnson County, which more than half of the utility’s customers in that county. They also include more than 500 customers in Floyd County, 250 in Martin County, and 100 in Lawrence County.

Appalachian Power has seen outages more than double to nearly 60,000 in Virginia and West Virginia, although there have been relatively few so far in our region. They include more than 250 customers in Mingo County, W.Va., and 100 in Dickenson County, Va.

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