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LG&E trying to restore power

A power transformer covered in ice. A power transformer covered in ice.
An ice covered traffic signal without power in Fern Creek. An ice covered traffic signal without power in Fern Creek.
Brandon Madden Brandon Madden
Natasha Collins of LG&E answering questions during a Feb. 5 press conference. Natasha Collins of LG&E answering questions during a Feb. 5 press conference.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At the peak of the February 4 winter storm, 35,000 LG&E and Kentucky Utilities customers were affected by power outages. One of the areas hit hard was a stretch of Bardstown Road in Fern Creek near Seatonville Road.

The Arby's in that area were one of the ones to lose power. They said the outage caused a delay in their day.

"It was around 8:15 all the power went out," said Brandon Madden, an Arby's employee. "I was in here doing maintenance and it just all shut down so we were late opening the store."

Madden said it made for a difficult opening.

"It was completely black. I could not see anything," said Madden. "I had to use my phone light just to see anything that I was trying to do."

It took about an hour for the power in that stretch to be restored. Natasha Collins, LG&E spokeswoman, said crews restored half of the power by 11:30 a.m. But Collins also said the outages may not be over.

"We are continuing to monitor the weather conditions and with the temperatures expected to stay at or below freezing, also the winds expected to pick up, there is potential for additional outages to occur," said Collins.

LG&E has multiple crews working to get power restored. They have a target of restoring the majority of the power by Thursday night.

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