Number of outages falls, but worst of storm still threatens

Utility workers have made progress on power outages across the region, as the worst of the ice storm now moves into Eastern Kentucky.

Power lines have been toppled by falling ice-laden trees and limbs, and more are expected as ice continues to accumulate.

At 3 p.m., Kentucky Power reported 6,300 outages, down from more than 8,000 earlier in the day. Those outages include around 1,600 in Leslie County, more than 400 in Lawrence County, more than 150 in Perry County, and about 60 in Letcher County.

Big Sandy RECC is reporting fewer than 20 customers without power, all in Johnson and Martin counties. That is after an outage affecting more than 300 customers in Floyd County was fixed.

Appalachian Power is reporting more than 21,000 outages across Virginia and West Virginia, which is down 4,000 from the morning peak. Those include more than 200 in Mingo County, W.Va., and nearly 300 in Wise County, Va.