3/6/2012

KENTUCKY POWER MARCH 2 SEVERE STORM UPDATE: 11:00 A.M.

FRANKFORT, KY Kentucky Power continues efforts to restore power to approximately 1,400 customers in eastern Kentucky following a severe storm outbreak Friday. Those storms included tornados that caused extensive damage to the electrical infrastructure serving many areas. At the height of outage cases, more than 14,000 customers lost power. Kentucky Power has brought in more than 700 additional line workers, tree trimmers, assessors and other personnel to aid in the restoration effort.

Damage was widespread across the company’s 20-county service area, with Morgan, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin and Martin counties sustaining the worst damage and consequently the most power outages.

Restoration crews have made good progress in restoring power to customers that can receive electricity service. As of this report approximately 90 percent of customers originally impacted by the storm have had their power restored. Some homes and businesses reflected in the current outage estimates will not be able to receive electricity service because the homes/buildings/businesses have been destroyed or it is otherwise unsafe to reconnect the premises to electrical service.

Restoration Notes

Company officials caution outage numbers can still change as crews work to restore power and identify new outage cases. In some of the hardest hit areas like Morgan, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties, extensive reconstruction work continues. Much of the work is taking place along rugged terrain amongst extensive storm debris.

Downed power lines continue to be a concern and company officials caution eastern Kentucky residents never to approach downed power lines or wires of any type. No matter how harmless a downed wire may appear it should be considered energized and dangerous. Report all downed power lines to Kentucky Power at (800) 572-1113 or notify local emergency or law enforcement officials immediately. Never approach or touch anything that comes in contact with a downed power line.

Outage Numbers and Restoration Estimates

As of 11:00 a.m. today, the following outage numbers and restoration information was estimated by the company.

 

County

Customers

Affected

Estimated Restoration*

Magoffin

300

Midnight, Wednesday 3/7/12

Martin

270

Midnight, Tuesday 3/6/12

Morgan

867

Midnight, Thursday, 3/8/12

Total

1,437

 

Kentucky Power does not serve all residents of the counties listed.  Many are served by other utilities.

*Note:  Near total restoration estimate. Estimates are subject to change given work progress. Most customers will be returned to service well before the time/date indicated.

PLEASE NOTE

Customers and media representatives can track current power outages in their area by going to www.kentuckypower.com and clicking on the “March 2, 2012 Storm” link in the red box at the top of the page.  To see a list of power outages by county, click the “Outages & Problems” tab, then the “view outage map.” The outage map site is updated continuously.       

Kentucky Power is an operating unit of American Electric Power and provides electricity to approximately 173,000 customers in all or parts of 20 Eastern Kentucky counties.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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Ronn Robinson
502.545.7003

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