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Thousands of Kentucky Residents lose power--Mikayla Lewis

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TODD COUNTY, Ky--Ice accumulated on many power lines in Todd County and surrounding areas this weekend. As a result, several lines lost power impacting thousands of Kentucky residents.

Marvin Etheridge lost electricity around 7 a.m today. A power line snapped from the weight of ice coating it. The Pennyrile electric service cable fell right next to Etheridge's home.

 Etheridge said, " We looked out the window and it was shooting big balls of fire out."

Along with Etheridge, other Pennyrile members in the Elkton, Hopkinsville and Russellville districts lost power. Pennyrile Electric Service crews started making repairs around 4 a.m today. The outages increased with an average of 45 outages at all times. Electrical disconnections were smaller, but scattered in rural areas.

Pennyrile member services vice-president, Brent Gilkey explained, "It's been difficult when you have a large outage you can send a crew out to find the problem and restore power to the majority of those people."

Gilkey says Pennyrile crews had to pull from numerous offices to keep up with the outages.

Warmer temperatures today, melted the ice and caused lines to bounce and clap against one another, causing repeated outages on some of the same lines.

If a line does go in and out, Gilkey says you should shut off your main breaker to avoid shorting out household appliances and electronics. If you see a downed line, do not approach or touch it. A downed wire can still be live. Call you electric service provider immediately.

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