Power companies brace for outages

Power outages are beginning to occur as a result of the weather, with the bulk of the ice storm not expected still to come late this afternoon. 

The utilities have crews on standby to respond to lines brought down by trees covered in ice.

While a similar situation that had been expected last week never materialized in our region and was mostly confined to northeastern Kentucky, the power companies and meteorologists are saying that will not be the case this time, and most of the accumulation will not arrive until this afternoon.

As of noon, Kentucky Power is reporting about 7,500 outages, with around 1,600 outages reported in Leslie County, 500 in Lawrence County, 200 in Perry County, and about 100 each in Knott and Letcher counties. Nearly all of Pike County’s outages had been resolved, after several hundred were reported earlier in the morning.

Big Sandy RECC is reporting more than 300 customers without power in Floyd County. 

Appalachian Power is reporting more than 25,000 outages across Virginia and West Virginia, with about 300 of those in Mingo County, W.Va.

You can find updated outage information on the following websites: