Infrastructure

Thousands of people in eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia remain without power Thursday after strong winds downed power lines across multiple counties. 

The outages began Sunday and impacted 65,000 Kentuckians and 45,000 West Virginians. Most have had their power restored, but in Kentucky, American Electric Power reports some 15,000 are still in the dark. Most of those outages are in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher and Perry Counties. 

Crews from utilities in other states, including Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, travelled to the region to assist with repairs. 

The outages come amid a significant cold spell, with temperatures in the 30s overnight, and families may have lost hundreds of dollars worth of food they purchased to stock up for the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sydney Boles is the ReSource reporter covering the economic transition in the heart of Appalachia’s coal country.