LEXINGTON, Ky. — Thousands of Kentuckians remained without power Tuesday following Friday’s historic wind storms.
The state’s largest utility supplier, LG&E and KU estimates the storm affected 370,000 customers and around 30,000 remain without power Tuesday night.
Just around 10,000 Fayette County Kentucky Utilities customers remain without power following Friday’s storms.
“It’s the third largest wind event or storm event in our company’s history going back 20 years,” said spokesperson Daniel Lowry.
Kentucky Utilities has over 1 million customers statewide and power outages have caused many school closures, including in Lexington.
“We try to restore as many customers as we can the quickest. So we try to get the most customers up as safely and quickly as possible,” Lowry said.
Lowry said safety is the priority in events this massive.
“We had about 2,500 downed wires across our system and so getting those wires up so they don’t present a hazard to people is our first priority,” Lowry said.
From there then crews can begin the restoration process.
“Then we start restoring the critical infrastructure; places like police stations, fire stations, hospitals,” Lowry said.
Lowry said he understands the customers’ frustrations if they are still without power, but asks for patience.
“Our crews have been working around the clock; so we have a 16 hour shift for our crews and they’ve been working hard to get power to folks,” Lowry said.
But some good news is on the horizon.
“We should have almost everybody up by Wednesday night at 11:00,” Lowry said.