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|Wind Advisory valid until March 12 8:00pm EDT|
The Statewide Tornado Safety Drill, which had been planned for today, has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5 at 10:07 a.m. EST.
Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) members decided to reschedule the drill due the lasting effects from the recent winter storm, which has caused hazardous driving conditions and numerous school closings across the Commonwealth.
Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed March 2 – 8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky, and the Tornado Drill is a part of scheduled activities designed to educate and increase public awareness.
“Although there is snow on the ground today, temperatures are expected to be in the 60s by the coming weekend. Who knows what the weather may hold next week?” said Buddy Rogers, KWPC Chairperson “That’s why we encourage everyone to participate in the statewide tornado drill and review their personal weather safety plan.”
Drill participants are encouraged to go to www.kyem.ky.gov and complete a short survey, which will help local and state officials better prepare citizens for severe weather events.
The drill survey, information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and additional weather preparedness information, can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov.
|Special Weather Statement|
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
901 PM EST SUN MAR 2 2014
...WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE OHIO
VALLEY THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
ORANGE IN-WASHINGTON IN-SCOTT IN-JEFFERSON IN-DUBOIS IN-
CRAWFORD IN-PERRY IN-HARRISON IN-FLOYD IN-CLARK IN-HANCOCK KY-
BRECKINRIDGE KY-MEADE KY-OHIO KY-GRAYSON KY-HARDIN KY-BULLITT KY-
JEFFERSON KY-OLDHAM KY-TRIMBLE KY-HENRY KY-SHELBY KY-FRANKLIN KY-
SCOTT KY-HARRISON KY-SPENCER KY-ANDERSON KY-WOODFORD KY-
FAYETTE KY-BOURBON KY-NICHOLAS KY-NELSON KY-WASHINGTON KY-
MERCER KY-JESSAMINE KY-CLARK KY-LARUE KY-MARION KY-BOYLE KY-
GARRARD KY-MADISON KY-BUTLER KY-EDMONSON KY-HART KY-GREEN KY-
TAYLOR KY-CASEY KY-LINCOLN KY-LOGAN KY-WARREN KY-SIMPSON KY-
ALLEN KY-BARREN KY-MONROE KY-METCALFE KY-ADAIR KY-RUSSELL KY-
CUMBERLAND KY-CLINTON KY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PAOLI...SALEM...SCOTTSBURG...MADISON...
JASPER...MARENGO...TELL CITY...CORYDON...NEW ALBANY...
BEAVER DAM...LEITCHFIELD...ELIZABETHTOWN...FORT KNOX...
MOUNT WASHINGTON...SHEPHERDSVILLE...LOUISVILLE...LA GRANGE...
901 PM EST SUN MAR 2 2014 /801 PM CST SUN MAR 2 2014/
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST /NOON
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST /NOON
* MAIN IMPACT: 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET IS EXPECTED ACROSS
SOUTHERN INDIANA AND EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY. 6 TO 10
INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET ALONG WITH A TENTH TO TWO TENTHS OF AN
INCH OF ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL
KENTUCKY. A QUARTER TO A HALF AN INCH OF ICE WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES
OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY. TRAVEL WILL
BECOME TREACHEROUS AT TIMES. TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE
* OTHER IMPACTS: GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS OF UP TO 25 MPH TONIGHT
AND MONDAY MAY CAUSE BLOWING SNOW AND WORSEN TREE DAMAGE.
TRAVEL WILL BE TREACHEROUS WITH SOME ROADS NEARLY IMPASSABLE.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT OF BLANKETS...FOOD...WATER AND FLASHLIGHTS
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.
|Hazardous Weather Outlook valid until March 3 3:45pm EST|
FRANKFORT, Ky. – With a winter storm bearing down on Kentucky today, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is urging residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris.
The National Weather Service is forecasting ice accumulations of more than half an inch in parts of Kentucky, making this the worst ice event since January 2009. Strong winds tonight are expected to put further strain on ice-coated trees and power lines.
The PSC is reminding Kentucky residents to stay away from all downed lines. Downed lines should be reported to the local utility company. If the lines are sparking, on fire or otherwise creating an emergency, call 911.
Customers who lose power should follow proper safety precautions if they use portable generators or heating devices, PSC Chairman David Armstrong said.
“Fortunately, this storm is forecast to be much less severe than in the one in 2009,” Armstrong said. “Nevertheless, it has the potential to cause some serious power outages.
“As we have learned from previous storms, improper use of portable generators can be extremely dangerous,” he said. “Many Kentuckians have lost their lives, and many others have been hospitalized, as the result of being poisoned by carbon monoxide emitted by portable generators that were not used correctly.”
To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards:
• Generators should only be operated outside in well-ventilated areas and never in a garage, basement or breezeway.
• Do not operate generators near windows, doors or in other areas where exhaust fumes could be drawn into a home or other occupied structure.
• Do not use charcoal grills, gas grills or other open-flame devices indoors for heating or cooking.
• Use only portable heaters certified for indoor use. They should be placed in well-ventilated areas and kept well away from combustible materials.
• To prevent fires, generators should never be refueled while they are running. Refuel only after the generator has been turned off and allowed to cool.
The PSC also is reminding electric customers who use a portable generator of electric safety guidelines that will protect them and those working to restore power. Keys to safe operation of generators include:
• Make sure a generator is properly sized for the load you will place on it. Remember that starting an electric motor, such as a refrigerator or air conditioner compressor, requires more electricity than the amount needed to keep it running. DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR GENERATOR.
• Use only three-prong, grounded extension cords, properly rated for the load, to connect appliances to generators.
• DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED POWER INTO YOUR HOME BY ADAPTING AN EXTENSION CORD TO CONNECT A GENERATOR TO A WALL OUTLET. THIS CAN CAUSE A FIRE.
• DO NOT CONNECT A GENERATOR TO INSIDE WIRING IN ANY WAY UNLESS YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IS EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSFER SWITCH THAT PREVENTS POWER FROM FLOWING BACK INTO (BACKFEEDING) THE WIRES THAT SUPPLY YOUR ELECTRICITY.
Backfeeding poses a severe danger to workers attempting to restore electrical service. They can be severely injured or killed by power flowing back into lines which they assume are not carrying electricity. Also, if the line to your home or business becomes grounded, backfeeding can permanently damage your generator.
Customers who lose power should contact their utility company immediately. Most utilities in Kentucky have systems that use customer reports to help identify the location of the problem and determine what repairs are needed.
“It is important that every customer call to report an outage,” Armstrong said. “But repeated calls simply tie up the utility’s phone system. Call at once, but call only once.”
Customers who lose power also should check electric connections and meters for damage. Damaged connections or meters must be repaired before power can be restored to a home or business.
“It is critical that damaged connections be repaired by a qualified professional and inspected before power is restored,” PSC Chairman Armstrong said. “In past outages, fires and severe damage have been caused by damaged or improperly repaired service connections.”
Repairing a service connection or meter base is the responsibility of the individual customer. The meter base is the square or rectangular box on which the meter itself is mounted. It belongs to the property owner. The meter itself – the circular, glass-enclosed portion that attaches to the meter base – is the property of the utility company.
Customers with damaged connections or meters should take the following steps:
• Notify the utility company that the service connection, meter base and/or meter is damaged. The utility can then make sure that the line is not energized until repairs are completed.
• In the event that only the meter itself is damaged, contact the utility to have it repaired or replaced and your service restored.
• Contact an electrician to repair the meter base or service connection. The repair work can be done prior to power being restored in an area, thus eliminating any additional delays.
• The electrician will obtain the proper meter base from the utility. Some utilities impose no charge for the meter base, but the customer will bear the installation cost.
• Have the repairs inspected by a state-certified inspector working for your local government. The electrician should be able to help arrange the inspection.
• Notify the utility when the repairs are complete and have been approved. A utility technician will install a new meter and restore the power.
• Keep all repair records and contact your property insurer.
Residents SHOULD NOT attempt to remove any branches, limbs or trees that have fallen across service connections or other utility lines. Notify the utility to arrange for the debris to be removed.
“We know that the very cold weather makes these utility disruptions particularly unpleasant and dangerous,” Armstrong said. “We urge people to be patient and to take proper precautions to protect their health and safety while they wait for power to be restored.”
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