Windstorm Leaves Widespread Damage, Outages

by Rick Howlett on September 14, 2008

Louisville Gas and Electric Company crews continue working to restore power to the more than 200,000 customers left without service following Sunday’s windstorm.

Wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour brought down numerous trees and tree
limbs across the region, and hundreds of power lines.

LG and E Vice-President Chris Herman says it will take days to repair all the outages.

“We do want people who have to make those personal decisions about what
to do with a family member, what to do with a business and so on, to understand,
this is going to be an extended outage,” Herman said Sunday evening.

The winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike also knocked out power to more than 100 Jefferson County Public Schools, prompting officials to cancel classes district-wide Monday.

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