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Effects of ice storm leave Kentuckians in the dark

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - High winds and a wintry mix blew through Kentucky, knocking down tree branches and leaving thousands across the state without power as temperatures dipped below freezing and took aim at single digits Wednesday night.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission reported more than 10,000 homes without power Wednesday morning, while other counties counted homes in the dozens and hundreds in the dark and cold.

LG&E spokeswoman Natasha Collins told The Courier-Journal that power should be restored to all customers by to night and that the company has brought in 250 additional workers to help.

The National Weather Service reported the winter storm that hit Tuesday evening left about a half-inch of ice in some areas of western Kentucky and quarter-inch of ice over much of the central part of the state. Areas in northern Kentucky saw up to 8 inches of snow.

Dennis Reynolds was out Wednesday afternoon clearing his neighbor's driveway in their Hebron neighborhood. Reynolds said he has dragged the blower out of his garage for five snowfalls this season.

"I usually use this thing twice a year," said Reynolds, dressed in boots and a bulky hunting cover-all.

The icy snow that fell overnight in the region packed down hard, making it difficult to clear away.

"Usually this thing just throws the snow, but this stuff is really hard," he said.

The weather led several schools systems to cancel classes Wednesday, and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky closed offices and facilities.

In central Kentucky, Garrard County officials opened warming stations for people without heat due to power outages.

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