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Winter Weather State of Emergency Issued in Kentucky as Over 70,000 Without Power

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Kentucky's governor issued a State of Emergency on Thursday due to the wintry mix of snow and ice blanketing the Commonwealth, leaving over 70,000 of its residents without power as of about 9:00 a.m.

Posted: Feb 11, 2021 10:16 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2021 7:46 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday issued a State of Emergency due to the wintry mix of snow and ice blanketing the Bluegrass State.

“This winter storm already is causing some very dangerous conditions across much of the state, with iced-over roadways and downed power lines putting our people at risk,” the Governor said. “This declaration will free up funding and boost coordination across agencies as we respond to this weather crisis and work to keep all Kentuckians safe.”

Gov. Beshear says that as of about 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) was aware of about 70,500 Kentucky customers with power outages.

Related: Local Utility Companies On Standby For Outages

The State of Emergency also comes after multiple crashes and intermittent closures on interstates throughout the state from Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

According to Gov. Beshear, the State of Emergency directs KYEM and the Department of Military Affairs to execute the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan and coordinate the response across state agencies and private relief groups.

It also directs the Finance and Administration Cabinet to provide funding for the response and authorizes the Division of Emergency Management to request additional resources.

Wednesday: Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Postpone Travels as Weather Conditions Worsen

You can see the State of Emergency issued by Gov. Beshear Thursday by clicking here.

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