The cold weather and high usage of electricity by customers left 2,400 Kentucky Utilities customers without power about 9 a.m. Friday, according to KU spokesperson, Cliff Feltham.
“With the temperatures hitting minus 30 degrees early Friday morning, the overworked electricity caused some circuits to shut down, like they are supposed to when they are overloaded,” Feltham said. “We understand that people are trying to stay warm in these extremely cold conditions, this is just something that happens in rare cases like this.”
By mid-morning, only 1,300 customers were without electricity, and those were restored by 11:20, he said.
“We were able to pick up some of the customers from the original outage, and as the weather gets warmer we can pick up more from the cold,” Feltham said. “Our plan is to try our best and have everyone restored in a couple of hours, but if the temperatures cause a more severe problem, that is something that we are going to have to deal with.”
Around 1:30 p.m., about 50 customers lost power in the Red House area, KU expected to have them restored by 6 p.m., he said.
How to use your electricity during the winter is an individual choice and with record-breaking low temperatures, Feltham said that he understands why people are cranking up the heat.
“This is just one of the many things that we go through when we have this unusual, strange cold temperatures like we have had the past couple of days,” Feltham said. “Everyone should do their best to conserve electricity for now, and stay as warm as possible.”