More than 607,000 without power in Kentucky due to storms
Kentucky remained encased in ice today after their recent ice storms, and now about 607,000 people are without power throughout the state.
Crews are still clearing off major roads, and are working to get cell phone service restored and water pumping, and are trying to restore power as much as they can.
However, progress is slow as so many people are without power and the ice is making conditions hard to work in.
Meanwhile, the death toll climbed. At least six deaths in Kentucky have been blamed on the storm. Nationally, the winter storm has claimed at least 32 lives.
President Barack Obama issued a federal emergency disaster declaration for Kentucky and Arkansas late Wednesday. By noon Thursday, 50 generators large enough to power hospitals or water treatment plants arrived at Fort Campbell for distribution.
Five communication vans for emergency operations were on their way to Western Kentucky, where there were widespread cell and land-line phone outages. Federal Emergency Management Agency staff were expected to arrive soon to help with damage assessments.
1,000 members of the National Guard have been dispatched to help with the emergency situation.
This weekend is forecasting warmer weather, as what is really needed is a break from the extreme weather.