A heavy rain and wind storm that hit Louisville just before 6:00 this evening knocked out power to thousands in the county.
9:57 UPDATE: With 103,500 customers in Louisville and 34,000 in southern Indiana without power, the mayor and LG&E officials told the media it could take days to fully restore power.
The outages are widespread and crews have been called from Indiana, Arkansas and other states to help restore power. City officials have warned people to stay indoors unless they must go outside.
Asked about the prospect of the utility company burying power lines to avert these large outrages, Chris Herman, Senior VP of LG&E says that conversation is premature.
8:15 Update: Mayor Greg Fischer and utility company officials will address the outages tonight at 9 pm. LG&E is reporting more than 119,000 customers without power. Duke Energy is reporting more than 28,000 customers without power in southern Indiana. To see a map of LG&E outages, click here.
I-64 remains closed at Blankenbaker due to downed power lines.
At 6:30, Louisville Gas and Electric estimated 68,300 customers in Jefferson County were without electricity, and a handful of customers in other counties were affected.
UPDATE: At 6:45pm, LG&E is estimating 85,471 customers are without electricity. A few hundred in Oldham and Shelby counties are also affected. To see a map of LG&E outages, click here. Duke Energy reports more than 20,000 customers without power in southern Indiana.
UPDATE: As of 7:14, LG&E is reporting 105,244 Jefferson County customers without power. In Oldham County, 4,940 customers have no electricity. Nearly 24,000 Duke Energy customers in southern Indiana are without power.
7:30 Update: LG&E is reporting nearly 107,000 customers without power. Duke Energy is reporting more than 25,000 customers without power in southern Indiana. To see a map of LG&E outages, click here.