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Power still out for more than 15,000 Kentuckians

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2012) — More than 15,000 Eastern Kentucky residents are still without power after Friday’s storm that knocked out electricity to more nearly 64,000 Kentucky Power customers.

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There also were about 1,500 customers of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric still without power Monday afternoon. Most of those outages were between Louisville and Lexington.

Kentucky Power estimates that most of its customers will have power restored by Friday, July 6, but the 3,561 Pike County customers without service are expected to have electricity restored by Saturday, July 7.

Late Friday evening, winds in excess of 60 miles per hour combined with heavy rain to cause extensive damage to power company lines, poles, cross arms and other electrical equipment. Kentucky Power restoration crews began work immediately. By Sunday evening, approximately 70 percent of those customers were restored to service when additional severe weather struck the area leading to more than 25,000 additional outage cases.

Power was restored to all but about 30 Kentucky Utilities customers by Tuesday morning, according to Cliff Feltham, a spokesperson for KU.

Customers Currently Without Power