I've just been on the phone with my parents who live in Muhlenberg County, KY, and it's pretty bad there. What's worse is that the only updates
thery're receiving on the situation are coming from me (and I'm in Australia), and word of mouth from neighbors.
The power went off there around 5am Tuesday morning and hasn't been on since. They've tried getting updates from KU (Kentucky Utilities), but KU
have no one assisting with customer service as evidently and hopefully
all available staff are trying to fix the dire situation. I've heard
however it may be up to 2 weeks before power is restored. It's now officially the largest power outage on record for the state.
So they have no power which means no TV, no internet, etc. Their cell phones don't even work - I suppose because the towers are iced over. The one
thing they do have is a landline. They also have an 8000w generator (the 7 gallon tank provides 8 hours of energy). They've had to be choosy about
when to operated it, and what to send power to.
There is absolutely no gas available in the county (according to my sources), the nearest places with power are nearly 1 hour's drive away: Elkton,
Morgantown, and Beaver Dam. My dad made a gas run with another man from town and brought back all they could, but in doing so they used up quite a bit
in the car. Right now, in their house it's about 45 degrees, so they're opting to run the generator primarily at night.
Earlier today they drove down to the supply store to get a few essentials, and they weren't letting anyone in (since the power was off). Workers were
standing outside, taking requests, and then going in with flashlights to find the goods. i'm not sure if it was cash only or what the situation was -
I didn't ask.
People aren't panicking from what I gather, though they know the situation is quite serious. According to one news source in Indiana, shelters have
been set up, and the Red Cross and National Guard are handling cleanup and provisions, but oddly enough my parents haven't seen either in the
I've only found one other discussion so far online about Greenville. Since there's no power there, basically only concerned outsiders are
Here are a few new stories I found mentioning the area:
Submitted photos from Western KY: