Governor Beshear, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Jim Gray, and Michael Dossett, Director of Emergency Management for the Kentucky Division, briefed Kentuckians on winter storm safety.

He said the KYTC crews worked overnight and into the morning to maintain mobility on critical routes across the state after the third winter storm that hit the state in a week.

“The Kentuckians pulled themselves together during these three winter storms. We have now re-energized more than half of the customers in Kentucky who lost them – this is significant progress, but much more work needs to be done, ”said Governor Beshear. “We’re a tough people, we’ve been through this before and we’ll make it because we care about each other.”

“The state emergency response center is still at level 3. There are currently 39 community heating centers and seven emergency shelters open,” said Director Dossett. “We got a fleeting blow with a little extra snow and sleet overnight, but better times are ahead. Temperatures will be bitterly cold tonight and tomorrow, but warming up for the weekend. “

“Rainfall has decreased in most locations, so our crews and contractors can make real progress in clearing the roads. Fallen trees and power lines continue to be cleared in eastern Kentucky, ”Secretary Gray said. “We’re looking for freezing drizzle today and overnight. This is one of the most treacherous forms of winter weather. We urge the public to keep restricting travel and be patient when they are out and about. “

After a high of 154,000 customers, around 85,000 customers were supplied with electricity again.

The state has received snow, sleet, freezing rain, and cold rain through the system. Warnings and notes about winter storms are still up to date.

Even when the roads appear clear, drivers should be careful. Freezing drizzle and black ice pose an invisible danger to drivers on the road.

To help the families hit by the storm in Kentucky, Secretary Gray has extended his official order and temporarily lifted some restrictions on utility vehicles delivering aid to affected areas.

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If Kentuckians lose power they should call their utility company.

Never use a generator in your home or garage, even with the doors and windows open. Use generators only outdoors, more than 20 feet from your home, doors, and windows. Never use an outdoor grill, gas stove, or oven to heat your home.