Kentucky Power Storm Preparedness Update
Friday, March 3, 2023 – 12:30 p.m.
Kentucky Power is monitoring severe weather expected to bring widespread strong wind gusts and rain into our eastern and southeastern Kentucky service area. The storm system is expected to produce damaging winds that result in power outages.
Reports show this storm system will bring sustained winds between 40-50 mph, and numerous gusts, some topping 60-70 mph, impacting Kentucky Power’s service territory starting Friday morning and ending Saturday morning. High terrain areas and heavily forested areas are expected to be the most vulnerable to high wind-caused outages.
What we are doing to be prepared:
In advance of the storm system’s expected arrival, we activated all necessary crews, including line employees, contractors and tree workers who are all on alert for the possibility of service restoration work. Mutual assistance resources from outside our territory have already been secured and will assist as needed.
What customers can do to be prepared:
- Make a plan in the event a power outage occurs. Check with those who are elderly, have children or have medical conditions to ensure they have a plan; and don’t forget about pets.
- Charge devices such as phones, laptops, portable chargers and other electronics that will help you stay connected.
- Prepare an emergency kit. At a minimum, include non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit and necessary medications.
- Stay away from all downed power lines! Downed lines can carry an electric current that can cause serious or even fatal injuries. If you encounter a fallen wire, keep yourself and others away from it and anything it may be touching. Call 911 and Kentucky Power immediately at 1-800-572-1113 to report.
- If you plan to use an alternate heat source, ensure it is in good working order and follow all safety pre-cautions. Never operate lanterns, heaters, fuel-fired stoves or burn charcoal without proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.
- If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box.
- Additional safety tips are posted at Safety (kentuckypower.com)
For More Information
- Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Kentucky Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visitwww.kentuckypower.com/alerts.
- Customers can report outages and check out the latest restoration information for their account anytime atkentuckypower.com/outages or by downloading the Kentucky Power mobile app at kentuckypower.com/app.
- Customers can also report to our Customer Operations Center at 1-800-572-1113.
- Restoration Information also is posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyPower and on Twitter at twitter.com/KentuckyPower or @KentuckyPower.
Next Update: 7 p.m.
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