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July 24, 2012

Storms knock out power

600 JEC customers experience outages

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — As Thursday evenings’ storms moved through Laurel County, they caused power outages for Jackson Energy Cooperative customers from falling trees and tree limbs.

 After the first round of storms, which hit around 6:30 p.m., a little more than 300 outages were reported in the Bush, Campground, East Bernstadt, Keavy and areas along west Ky. 80, according to Jackson Energy Director of Public Relations Karen Combs.

 “Our crews were dispatched to restore service,” Combs said, “but it turned in to a long night for the workers after a second round hit.” Another 300 outages occurred in the Bush and East Bernstadt areas following the late night storm that hit around 10:30 p.m.

 Most repairs were completed by around 4 a.m. Friday morning, Combs said, with a few outages being repaired later Friday morning.

 The hot weather has caused numerous thunderstorms to hit the area this month, and Combs added that downed power lines are always a possibility after such storms. Anyone seeing a downed power lines needs to be aware they are dangerous and should be reported to the electric company.

cmills@sentinel-echo.com

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